Auction 97, Lot 454

"Totius Africae Nova Repraesentatio qua praeter diversos in ea Status et Regiones, etiam Origo Nili ex veris RRPP Missionariorum Relationibus ostenditur", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Africa

Period: 1715 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19 inches
57.2 x 48.3 cm

Large map of the continent with the typical inaccuracies of 18th century cartography. While the map conforms to the twin lake configuration for the source of the Nile, a lengthy paragraph on the map purports to provide evidence of the accuracy of this theory. The large title cartouche is filled with interesting imagery including the pyramids, ivory trading, the source of the Nile, a troop of monkeys, kings and chiefs, and cherubs bringing salvation to the continent.

References: Norwich #72

Condition: B

Damp stain along centerfold with an old paper repair of same and a small hole in margin.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $350

Closed on 12/5/2001