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 Southern Africa 

RUSCELLI, Girolamo. [16th century map of Southern Africa]
Africa Nuova Tavola. Venice, Vincenzo Valgrisi, c.1561. 190 x 260mm. A very good example
A 'modern' map of Southern Africa, published in Ruscelli's 'La Geographi di Claudio Tolomeo'. A feature of this first state is that the platemark runs off the top of the sheet: two maps were engraved on the same plate and the resulting sheet halved. NORWICH: 151.
[Ref: 13913]    £300.00 ($385 • €336 rates)

SANUTO, Livio. [An early engraved map of southern Africa]
Africae Tabula X. Venice, Damiano Zenaro, 1588, 400 x 520mm Lateral margins extended, excellent impression.
A very finely engraved map of Southern Africa, showing the course of the Limpopo River and Great Zimbabwe, the capital of the Shona empire. Sanuto described the granite walls of the city 'the work not of humans but the devil', as they were better than the Portuguese fortresses on the coast. Livio Sanuto (c.1520-1576), a Venetian cosmographer, mathematician and maker of terrestrial globes, belonged to the prestigious Lafreri school of engravers, whose output signalled the transition between the maps of Ptolemy and the maps of Mercator and Ortelius. He and his brother Giulio planned a massive and comprehensive atlas to include maps and descriptions of the whole world, which he believed would be more accurate than any previously published. Unfortunately, he died in 1576 having only completed 12 maps of Africa, which were eventually published in 1588 under the title "Geografia Di M. Livio Sanuto..." . For his maps Sanuto relied on Gastaldi's 1564 map and Portuguese sea charts for the mapping of the coasts and for the interior used accounts by Duarte Barbosa and João de Barros. After its publication in 1588 this work was copied by other leading map makers for nearly a century afterwards NORWICH: 152; see BETZ 22.
[Ref: 10944]    £3,250.00 ($4,173 • €3,637 rates)

VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [Map of South Africa from Varthema's Travels]
Descriptio Aethiopiae Inferioris. Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610. 75 x 120mm.
Map of South Africa, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510.
[Ref: 13204]    £480.00 ($616 • €537 rates)

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [17th century map of Southern Africa]
Æthiopia Inferior vel Exterior. Partes magis Septentrionales, que hic desiderantus, vide in tabula Æthiopiæ Superioris. Amsterdam, 1665, Dutch text edition. Original colour. 385 x 505mm. Near mint condition
A map of Africa below the Equator, with Congo, Angola and Zanzibar, based on Portuguse surveys, decorated with a cartouche with natives holding up an animal skin with the map's title. The map objective of the founder of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope, Jan van Riebeeck, was to gather such skins to Japan. TOOLEY: Africa, p.29, illustrated on frontis.; NORWICH: Africa 154, & Southern Africa, p.36-37, both illus.
[Ref: 17998]    £765.00 ($982 • €856 rates)

DAUMONT. [18th century vue d'optique of the Cape of Good Hope]
Le Cap de Bonne Esperance. Paris, c.1750. Original colour. 260 x 410mm. Repaired tears in margins, creasing.
View of Cape Town. at the Cape of good hope with the e Table mountain. Several ships are offshore, in the bay. As a 'vuë-d'optique' (designed to be viewed through a zograzcope, a device that used lenses and mirrors to give perspective), the image is reversed.
[Ref: 18978]    £280.00 ($360 • €313 rates)

FER, Nicolas de. [Southern Africa at the beginning of the 18th century]
Partie Meridionale D'Afrique ou se trouvent La Bass Guinée, La Cafrerie, Le Monomotapa, Le Monoemugi, Le Zanguebar, et L'Isle de Madagascar. Paris, 1705. 230 x 335mm. A very fine example
De Fer's small-format map of Africa south of the equator, engraved by Inselin for the 'Atlas Curieux'.
[Ref: 15420]    £250.00 ($321 • €280 rates)

FER, Nicolas de. [The Cape of Good Hope at the beginning of the 18th century]
Cap de Bonne Esperance. Paris, 1705. 260 x 360mm. A very fine example.
Three maps on one sheet: a prospect of Table mountain, a map of Table Bay and a plan of the defences of the Dutch fort at the cape. Published in thethe 'Atlas Curieux'.
[Ref: 15421]    £290.00 ($372 • €325 rates)

DE WIT, Frederick. [Sea Chart of south west Africa]
Cimbebas et Caffariæ Littora a Catenbela ad Promontorium Bonæ Spei. Pascarte van Cimbebas en Caffares Streckende van Catembela tot Cabo de Bona Esperanca. Amsterdam, Louis Renard. C. 1700. Original colour. 435 x 540mm.
Highly decorative nautical chart of the African coast from Angola south to the Cape of Good Hope. Published in Renard's reissue of De Wit's 'Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas', it has a highly decorative title cartouche of lions and leopards, and a vignette of Neptune in his chariot
[Ref: 11340]    £650.00 ($835 • €727 rates)

OTTENS, Reinier & Joshua. [Antique maps of Southern Africa]
Nieuwe Caarte van Kaap de Goede Hoop en't Zuyderdeel van Africa. Amsterdam, c.1730. Original colour. 435 x 555mm. Paper lightly toned.
Original antique map of Africa, south of the Equator, with insets of the Dutch fort at the Cape of Good Hope and Table Bay. NORWICH: 163.
[Ref: 12418]    £750.00 ($963 • €839 rates)

HEYDT. Johann Wolfgang. [View of Table Bay]
Ein Prospect des gantzen vorgeburges der Guten hoffnung, oder Capo de Bonne Esperance, in Africa Nuremberg, c 1741. 240 x 275mm.
View of the Cape showing Table Mountain with ships in the foreground, from Heydt's 'Allerneuster geographisch- und topographischer Schau-Platz von Africa und Ost-Indien'. Johann Wolfgang Heydt was a German who joined the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in 1733, leaving for the east that year. He spend over two year in Sri Lanka before moving to Batavia. However he was allowed to resign for health reasons in 1740, after which he returned to Germany. He produced this book four years later, engraving his sketches himself.
[Ref: 17783]    £420.00 ($539 • €470 rates)

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