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Auction 195, Lot 741

"Africae Nova Tabula", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Africa

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm
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This richly ornamented map of the continent is Henricus Hondius' issue of Jodocus Hondius' map, but without the decorative borders that were masked in order to fit the map into an atlas format. The geography is largely speculative and follows Blaeu's map of 1617 with the Cuama River originating in the mountains rather than in the Sachaf Lake below the Mountains of the Moon (Lunae Montes). The origin of the Nile conforms to the Ptolemaic tradition of the two twin lakes south of the equator. The Kingdom of Monomotapa occupies a large area of southern Africa. Ornamentation includes a wreath-style title cartouche, sailing ships, flying fish, various sea monsters, and Neptune consorting with a comely mermaid. Elephants, lions, zebras, ostriches, and even a dragon occupy the interior. This is the fifth state, with Jansson's imprint at bottom right and the date removed. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.

References: Betz #58.5; cf. Norwich #34; Van der Krogt #8600:1D.4.

Condition: B+

A crisp impression with minor toning and soiling. The map was separated along the centerfold and has been professionally rejoined.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $675

Closed on 11/15/2023