"Africa Iuxta Navigationes et Observationes Recentissimas Aucta Correcta et in sua Regna et Status Divisa, in Lucem Edita", Seutter, Matthias
Period: 1728 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 19.3 inches
56.1 x 49 cm
This striking map of Africa is based largely on Homann's 1715 map. Seutter was apprenticed to Homann prior to establishing his own publishing business in the early 18th century. The map is typical of the period with the information in southern Africa being largely fictitious and enormous lakes depicted in central Africa. The Nile is shown originating in the south at lakes Zaire and Zaflan and also continuing further south through a twisted river system with its headwaters in Bed Lac. The Abyssinian province of Amhara is incorrectly shown in the southern kingdom of Monomotapa. The splendid decorative cartouche features natives, pyramids, and exotic animals with the title surmounted by a fierce dragon.
References: Norwich #80.
Original color on watermarked, deckle-edged paper with a printer's crease at bottom right, a few small spots, and a number of small worm holes.