"Africae Accurata Tabula ex officina", Schagen, Gerrit Lucaszoon van
Period: 1671 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.4 x 17.3 inches
54.4 x 43.9 cm
This handsome map is a close copy of Nicolas Visscher's 1658 map of the continent with the same title. The depiction of Africa is typical of the late seventeenth century, including updated information taken from Blaeu's wall map of the continent. The Cuama and Spirito Santo Rivers are shown with a common source in the Sacaf Lacus in South Africa. The Nile arises from the two lakes of Zaire and Zafflan, located below the Equator, as according to Ptolemy The interior is decorated with elephants, ostriches, monkeys, lions and rhinoceros. The title cartouche is flanked by natives and angels. The changes Van Schagen has made are to some of the decorative elements, with six additional ships sailing the seas, and the replacement of the dedication cartouche at bottom left with a vignette of Neptune and Venus standing atop a large shell, surrounded by hippocampi and sea horsemen. This map was published in Dutch composite atlases.
References: Betz #115.
A nice impression with attractive color and wide margins. There are four tiny worm holes in the image, only visible when held to light.