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SOLD Africae Tabula Nova
Date: c 1579
Size: 375 x 495 mm.
From the 'Typus Orbis Terrarum', German Text - Striking continental map designed by Ortelius from elements of contemporary maps by Gastaldi, Mercator, and Forlani. It is considered a cornerstone map for African collections. The name Carneca appears for the first time, and Zanzibar is shown on the west coast. The Nile is based on the Ptolemaic concept. The map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, a grand sea battle, swordfish and a whale. There is no sign of the so-called ghost-like sea monster off the coast of Arabia.
A very good impression and colouring on thick paper with wide margins. This map has a few notes on the back from a long distant owner that do not show through to the image. It has an old restoration to the margins that are slightly soiled, and some strengthening of the centerfold. Overall a beautiful example of a cornerstone map.