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Auction 176, Lot 646

"Totius Africae Nova Repraesentatio qua Praeter Diversos in ea Status et Regiones, Etiam Origo Nili...", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Africa

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.7 x 19.4 inches
57.7 x 49.3 cm
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Handsome, large map of the continent with the typical inaccuracies of eighteenth century cartography. The map conforms to the twin lake configuration for the source of the Nile and a lengthy paragraph on the map purports to provide evidence of the accuracy of this theory based on the work of Heinrich Scherer. The geographical features are identical to the map that Johann engraved for Jacob von Sandrart, circa 1697, prior to Homann establishing his own publishing firm. The political boundaries and the large title cartouche are different. The cartouche is filled with interesting imagery including the pyramids, ivory trading, the source of the Nile, a troop of monkeys (throwing rocks at their hunters), kings, chiefs and warriors, a fat-tailed sheep with its tail supported by a wagon, and cherubs bringing salvation to the continent.

References: Norwich #72.

Condition: B+

Contemporary color on watermarked paper with a few worm holes and short tears around the centerfold at bottom that have been archivally repaired on verso, with a tiny section of neatline replaced in facsimile. A 2" tear at right has also been repaired on verso with archival materials. There are some printer's creases and minor soiling.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/12/2020