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  AFRICA 
 Northern Africa 

SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann. [Incunable Prospect of Dumyat]
Damiata. Augsburg, Johann Schönsperger, 1497. Latin text edition. Old mss. text highlighting. Woodcut, image 140 x 220mm, set in a page of text. Some restoration in margins.
An imaginary view of Dumyat (Damieta) on the coast of the Mediterranean, published in a small folio edition of the 'Nuremberg Chronicle'. Despite the eight editions (one possibly as late as 1604) fewer of these were printed than the Nuremberg original. A rare incunabule.
[Ref: 8973]    £150.00 ($186 • €167 rates)


SCHEDEL, D. Hartmann. [An incunabule prospect of Dumyat in Egypt]
Damiata. Nuremberg, Anton Kolberger, 1493, German text edition. Woodcut, printed area 140 x 225mm, set in text.
Original antique print showing an imaginary view of Dumyat (Damieta) on the coast of the Mediterranean, published in the famous 'Nuremberg Chronicle'. Original print showing an imaginary view of Dumyat (Damieta) on the coast of the Mediterranean, published in the famous 'Nuremberg Chronicle'. Printed before 1500 it is classed as an incunabule.
[Ref: 9014]    £200.00 ($248 • €222 rates)


BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early views of Mombasa, Aden & Quiloa]
Aden, Arabiæ Foelicis emporium celeberrimi nominis...; Mombaza; Quiloa; Cefala. Cologne, c.1572, Latin text edition. Coloured. 340 x 475mm.
Four map-views on one sheet, published in the first volume of the Civitates Orbis Terrarum, the first systematic atlas of printed town plans. The views are of four of the most important ports in the Indian Ocean: the upper half of the sheet is dedicated to Aden, with Mombasa (Kenya), Kilwa (Tanzania) & Sofala (or Beira, Mozambique) underneath. KOEMAN: B&H 2.
[Ref: 18209]    £650.00 ($807 • €722 rates)


CAMOCIO, Giovanni Francesco. [Scarce 16th century Venetian plan of the fort of Tunis]
Tunesi. Pianta del novo forte de tunesi. Venice: Ferrando and/or Donato Bertelli, c.1575. 225 x 170 mm.
A plan of the new walls built at Tunis after Gabrio Serbelloni captured the city for the Spanish in 1573. Serbelloni (1509-80) , an Italian Knight of Malta and cousin on Pope Pius IV, had fought at Lepanto and helped Jean de la Valette rebuild the fortifications of Malta after the Turkish siege of 1565. However these experiences did not help him at Tunis. In 1574 the Turks attacked, capturing both the city and Serbelloni, who was dragged by his beard to beg his captors for mercy, then taken to Constantinople for ransom. A year later he returned to military service, and took part in the Spanish capture of Maastricht in 1578. He died at home in Milan in 1578, aged seventy. This plan was published in Camocio's 'Isole famose, porti fortezze e terre marittime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venezia', a description of the places claimed as subject to the Republic of Venice. A later state, with plate number.
[Ref: 13470]    £320.00 ($397 • €355 rates)


QUAD, Matthias. [The first issue of Quad's map of Abyssinia with the Kingdom of Prester John]
Abyssinorum sive Magni Regis Davidis, Quem vulgo Presbyterum Joannem vocant, Imperium. Cologne: Johann Bussemacher, 1600, German text edition. 210 x 290mm.
Central Africa, engraved by Johann Bussemacher after Ortelius for Quad's 'Fasciculus Geographicus Complectens', A text box gives the story of the mythical Christian king, Prester John. LAOR: 630.
[Ref: 18351]    £500.00 ($621 • €555 rates)


HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Abyssinia]
Abissinorum Sive Pretiosi Joannis Imperiú. Amsterdam, 1613, French text edition. original outline colour. 345 x 490mm. A very fine impression with lovely contemporary colouring.
A highly decorative map of central Africa, with the Congo in an inset top left, and the title in a strap-work cartouche bottom left. The map marked the Kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian king descended from David and regarded as an important defence against the barbarians. Originally believing him to be somewhere in the Middle East Pope Alexander III sent John a letter to beg help against the Mongols (1177), but his messenger never returned. As Polo and other travellers opened the East without finding him, Prester John's kingdom retreated into the unknown. Although Waldseemüller's maps of 1507 places him in India, Fries moved him to Africa in 1522. Ortelius followed Fries, and dedicated his map of central Africa to John's son David! Hondius has followed Ortelius, with cities spread throughout the African interior. KOEMAN: Me 23a
[Ref: 7946]    £350.00 ($435 • €389 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [The Empire of Prester John in central Africa]
Æthiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin edition. Original colour. 385 x 505mm.
A decorative map of Eastern Africa with the fictitious kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian king. The map shows a wide section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan. Highly embellished with elephants, ostriches and other animals within the map, as well as the decorative cartouche. The two Ptolemaic lakes of Zaire and Zaflan are in the lower portion of the map. Lake Niger, and the supposed course of the Niger River, is shown flowing westward. This map is based on Ortelius' map of Prester John of 1573. The myth of Prester John, the good Christian King of Africa waging his own crusade and defeating the enemies of Christianity, was based upon earlier legends of the Crusaders and is a fascinating piece of early mythological cartographic history KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 13304]    £600.00 ($745 • €666 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of Egypt]
Ægypti Recentior Descriptio. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of Egypt. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14702]    £65.00 ($81 • €72 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of Barbary]
Barbariae et Biledulgerid, Nova Descriptio. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of Barbary. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14703]    £65.00 ($81 • €72 rates)


GOOS, Pieter. [17th Century Sea chart with the Azores, Canaries and Cape Verde Islands]
De Cust van Barbaria, Gualata, Arguyn, en Genheo, van Capo S. Vicente tot Capo Verde. Amsterdam, c.1680. Original colour. 430 x 525mm. A few signs of age.
Sea-chart of north-west Africa, orientated with north to the left, showing northern Africa from the Straits of Gibraltar to Cape Verde, marking the Azores, Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands. A cartouche with rampant lion and leopard fills inland Africa.
[Ref: 17619]    £500.00 ($621 • €555 rates)


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