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SOLD Africae Tabula Nova
Date: c 1579
Size: 375 x 495 mm.
Title: 'Africae Tabula Nova'. From the 'Typus Orbis Terrarum', Latin Text.
A 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 old colouring (later colour to the cartouche)on quality paper with wide margins. Minor margin toning and two pin holes in the image area. A small repair to the lower centerfold. Overall a beautiful example of a cornerstone map in very good condition.