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Africae Nova Descriptio

Africae Nova Descriptio : W. Blaeu

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A very attractive example of this famous map, engraved about 1618 but not published in atlas form until 1630. This is an early French text edition. "One of the most decorative and popular of all the early maps of Africa" (Norwich p.42), finely engraved and illustrated with a wealth of detail, both fanciful and real. Panels of full length portraits at each side are topped by oval plans and panoramas of major cities including Tangiers, Alexandria, Cairo, Mozambique, El Mina - the Portuguese base on the Guinea coast, and Canaria.
mapmaker: W. Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1630
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 410 by 550mm (16.25 by 21.75 inches).
ref: 40142
literature: Koeman / Van Der Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici [8600:2]

Price: £ 4800

 
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