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Auction 92, Lot 341

"Novissima et Perfectissima Africae Descriptio", Danckerts, Justus

Subject: Africa

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 19 inches
56.4 x 48.3 cm

An uncommon map of the continent. It is based on De Wit's map of 1680 and retains both the geography (with all its fictitious details) and decorative cartouche. Gone though are the other decorative elements (wildlife, ships and sea monsters), reflecting the newer style of the 18th century. The colorful cartouche includes Moorish traders, Black Africans, a child riding a large elephant and two lions reclining on the title block. This map does not appear to have been included in an atlas, as there is no evidence of a binding strip.


Condition: A

Attractive original color. A bit of minor spotting, but overall very good.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/13/2000