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  AFRICA 

SOLIS, Hernando de. [A rare, early 17th century map of Africa published in Spain]
Africa. Valladolid: Heirs of Diego Fernandez de Cordova, 1598. 365 x 495mm. Very fine impression, restoration to left margin.
A very scarce and finely engraved map, prapared by de Solis for a Spanish edition of Botero's 'Le Relationi Universali'. The map is based largely on the work of Ortelius , although a lot of of the names have been changed to Spanish and the title cartouche and vignette sea-battle have been replaced. The two-lake origin of the river Nile appears in Lake Zair and Lake Zaflan. The map is embellished with sailing ships and sea monsters. According to Betz the map is assigned a date of 1598 based on the date of 1598 found on the Americas map from the same book. Cordova was probabl;y due to publish his book in or shortly after 1598, but his death interrupted the publication. The book was then published by the Heirs of Diego Fernandez de Cordova in 1603. BETZ: 42; NORWICH: 25.
[Ref: 16504]    £4,000.00 ($5,240 • €4,520 rates)


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