"Africa Vetus...", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1667 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 15.9 inches
56.1 x 40.4 cm
This elegantly engraved map of the continent features an unusual coastline with numerous inlets. The map is divided into regions with classical names, and all the tribes of southern Africa are labeled Anthropophagi Aethiopes (cannibals). The interior geography is standard for the period with the Ptolemaic, twin lakes conception of the Nile's origin. A wreath-style cartouche flanked by putti encloses the title.
References: Betz #106; Norwich #41; Pastoureau, SANSON V D .
A sharp impression on watermarked paper with minor scattered foxing and light toning along the sheet's edges.