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Auction 95, Lot 332

"Africa", Botero, Giovanni

Subject: Africa

Period: 1595 (circa)


Color: Black & White

9.6 x 7 inches
24.4 x 17.8 cm
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Early map of the continent in the Italian style with a stipple engraved sea and script style lettering. The map is typical of late 16th century cartography with the Nile rising from twin lakes south of the Equator. The coastal names appearing around southern Africa are as originally laid down by Portuguese explorers. A ferocious sea monster lurks between Africa and the Brazilian coast. The map is filled with city names, although Monomotapa and Vigiti Magna are noticeably missing.

References: Norwich #22.

Condition: B

Trimmed to neatline with margins extended, light damp stain at left and some worm tracks filled.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $450

Closed on 6/13/2001