"Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula", Wit, Frederick de
Period: 1675 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm
The information contained in this beautiful map of the African continent is typical of the late 17th century. The Nile appears according to the ancient pattern of Ptolemy, arising from the two lakes of Zaire and Zafflan. De Wit's depiction of the southeastern coast includes numerous deep inlets and several rivers and lakes at the southern tip not seen on other maps of the period. The kingdom of Monomotapa extends as far south as the Rio de Infante and there are few names in the interior of the Cape. The fictitious N. I. De Sta. Helena appears in the South Atlantic. The interior is decorated with elephants, ostriches, monkeys, lions, and rhinoceros, and seven small ships sail in the oceans. The well-engraved title cartouche features Moors and Africans with a child seated on an elephant and two lions perched atop the title. This map was copied by several other cartographers including Danckerts and De Ram. This is the second state, with the number 3 engraved in the border at top right.
References: Betz #114.2; Norwich #48.
A dark impression with full contemporary color, light scattered foxing, minor soiling, and a 7" centerfold separation at bottom that has been closed with archival materials on verso. The verso has old manuscript text on verso, with some faint show through to the front.