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Auction 98, Lot 393

"Africae nova Tabula", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Africa

Period: 1631 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 14.7 inches
49.8 x 37.3 cm
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This richly ornamented map of the continent is based on the early work of Speed and Blaeu. The map is filled with fictitious rivers and mountains. The origin of the Nile conforms to the Ptolemaic tradition of the two twin lakes. The Kingdom of Monomotapa occupies a large area of southern Africa. Decorative title cartouche surrounded by a wreath and topped with an animal head. There are seven ships under full sail, one of which is firing a cannon. Flying fish and various sea monsters decorate the sea, and in the lower left corner Neptune is shown with a comely mermaid. Elephants, lions, zebras, ostriches and other exotic animals occupy the interior. French text on verso.

References: Norwich #34.

Condition: A

Old color lightly refreshed.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,700


Closed on 3/6/2002