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RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista.
[Upsidedown Woodblock Map of Africa] [Course of the Nile] Venice, 1565. Woodcut, printed area 260 x 160mm. Fine condition.
Detailing the course of the Nile, orientated with south to the top. From Ramusio's "Raccolta di Navigationi et Viaggi'.
($422 • €398 rates)
[A very rare Lafreri-type map of Africa] Africa. Rome: Rughesi, c.1597. Two sheets conjoined as issued, total 530 x 700mm. Trimmed to neatline probably as issued.
A fine map of Africa, decorated with an ornate title cartouche and numerous ships and sea-monsters. Peculiarly the dedication to the Duke of Mantua and his armorial in the top corners have been masked by placing oval paper patches on the copper plate, leaving two unprinted areas. It is known from correspondence between Annibale Chiepo and Rughesi that the Duke failed to pay the second half of his promised commission to Rughesi, causing the publisher to remove the references to the duke. The only cartographic work of Fausto Rughesi, a Tuscan architect working in Rome, was a set of maps of the world and four continents, all originally dedicated to Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1562-1612). Gonzaga employed Giovanni Antonio Magini as tutor to his sons and has Magini's Atlas of Italy dedicated to him. Even individually Rughesi's maps are extremely rare: Betz and Burden could find only two examples each of the Africa and America respectively, and neither mention the two blanked-out areas. BETZ: 36, 'exceedingly beautiful, finely-engraved map of Africa... All of his maps are exceedingly rare'; See SHIRLEY 206 & BURDEN 108.
($29,760 • €28,080 rates)
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.
($4,960 • €4,680 rates)
[Bünting's woodcut map of Africa] Africa Tertia Pars Terrae. Magdeburg: c.1600. German edition. Woodcut, printed area 260 x 350mm.
A woodcut of Africa from the 'Itinerarum Sacræ Scripturæ'. Interesting features marked include: the mythical kingdom of Prester John; the source of the Nile in the mythical 'Mountains of the Moon; and the land of the 'elephant-eaters' (Elephantophagi). BETZ, 24.3; NORWICH: 17.
($1,116 • €1,053 rates)
[Woodblock antique map of Africa] Africa... Basle, c.1615, German text edition, Woodcut, printed area 130 x 160mm, set in a page of text.. Small repaired tear in lower margin.
Munster's smaller antique map of Africa, without the Horn of Africa and Cape of Good Hope. On the verso is a small woodcut of natives warming themselves at a fire. NORWICH: 5.
($248 • €234 rates)
BLAEU, Willem Janszoon.
[Classic Dutch 'carte-à-figure' map of Africa] Africæ nova Descriptio. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin text edition. Original colour. 410 x 460mm.
The most famous map of Africa featuring nine town views along the top of the map and ten vignettes of native dress down the sides. The interior is filled with fictitious detail, elephants and lions, and the seas have a compass rose, flying fish, sea-monsters and nine ships. Needless to say, each ship is flying the Dutch flag! KOEMAN: Bl 22; TOOLEY p.29: 'the most decorative and popular of all the early maps of Africa'.
($4,960 • €4,680 rates)
[17th century sea-chart of the south west coast of Africa] Pas-Caart van Guinea en de Custen daer aen gelegen Van Cabo verde tot Cabo de Bona Esperanca. Amsterdam, c.1666. Superb original colour with gold highlights. 450 x 550mm.
Decorative chart of West Africa from Cape Verde south to the Cape of Good Hope, orientated with north to the left. The quality of the hand colour is particularly fine. Published in the 'De Zee-Atlas, Ofte Water-Weereld'. SHIRLEY: World, p. 456, 'Pieter Goos' marine atlases were held to be among the finest printed at the time and were often added to the nine or twelve volumes of Blaeu's Atlas Maior'.
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MEURS, Jacob van.
[17th century map of Africa] Africæ Accurata Tabula. Amsterdam, 1668. 445 x 545mm. A very nice example with a crisp and dark mpression. Original folds and narrow margins as published in book.
A very detailed map of Africa engraved to illustrate Olfert Dapper's 'Naukeurige Beschrijvinge der Afrikaenshe gewesten...'. It appears that the blank dedication cartouche lower left was never used. BETZ: 108.
($967 • €913 rates)
[17th century map of Eastern and Southern Africa] A Mapp of the HIgher and Lower Aethiopia, Comprehending ye Several Kingdomes, &c. in each. To Witt, in the Empire of the Abissines, The Coast of Zanguebar, Abex, and Aian, with the Kingdomes of Nubia, and Biafara, &c. In the Lower Aethiopia The Kingdom of Congo, ye Empire of the Monomotapa and Monoemugy, ye Coast and Landes of Cafres, and of this side Cape Negres, With the Isles of Madagascar, &c. London, 1670. 305 x 410mm.
A scarce map, engraved by Francis Lamb for Blome's 'Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World', the second folio world atlas published in England. Originally issued in 1669 it has a dedication to Sir Robert Vyner (or Viner) (1631-1688), Sherriff of London during the Great Fire of 1666 and Lord Mayor in 1674. A goldsmith and banker, he lent money to the monarchy: in 1672 Charles II's court owed him over £400,000.
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[Unrecorded carte-à-figures map of Africa] Africæ Nova Tabula... Bologna, Francesco Sabatini, c.1670, 455 x 560mm. Top margin restored with small manuscript reinstatement above Algier's view, A very fine dark impression.
A very rare and fine carte-à-figures map of Africa engraved by Pietro Todeschi, with vignette scenes of regional types to the left and right and cities along the top and bottom borders. This map is signed by Sabatini, in the dedication to a Bolognese nobleman, Marchese Andrea Paleotti, and his wife Christine Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, grand-daughter of Sir Robert Dudley, the famous Elizabethan mariner and chart-maker, who was exiled to Florence in the early seventeenth century. Christine was born in 1649, and married Paleotti in 1663. A legendary beauty, she had a scandalous love-life, partly encouraged by her husband, who died in 1689.
Published by Sabatini, one of the many fringe figures in Italian map-making and publishing in the late seventeenth century. Unfortunately, even accurate dates for his life and death elude us, while his work life can be established only by the rough dating of his maps dependent on the dedications on those maps bearing them, but he was apparently active as a printer and publisher (and possibly engraver) in the 1670s, probably in Bologna.
This a late piracy of Dutch cartes-à-figure maps, popularised in the first part of the seventeenth century, although it seems likely that the map was plagiarised from intermediate Italian copies, perhaps by Stefano Scolari, an engraver and publisher (or possibly two different men) active from the 1640s to 1660s. This example is now listed in BETZ: Mapping of Africa, addenda.
($7,440 • €7,020 rates)
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