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MUNSTER, Sebastian. [The first atlas map of the continent of Africa]
Africa XXV Nova Tabula. Basle, Henri Petri, 1552, Latin text edition. Woodcut, sheet 300 x 375mm.
Munster's famous map of Africa, the first atlas map to show the whole continent, apart from the tip of the Horn. A one-eyed giant is seated over Nigeria, representing the mythical tribe of the 'Monoculi', and an elephant fills southern Africa. Also marked are several kingdoms, including that of Prester John, and 'Meroë', capital of Kush in Nubia. The large text box contains a guide for sailing from Cadiz to Calecut in India. This example comes from the last edition of the 'Geographia', the only printing with the longitude and latitude bars. The map continued to appear in the 'Cosmographia' until 1578. A new map based on Ortelius appeared in 1588. BETZ: 3, variant 9.
[Ref: 18770]    £1,250.00 ($1,596 • €1,449 rates)

BÜNTING, Heinrich. [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.
[Ref: 14853]    £900.00 ($1,149 • €1,043 rates)

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [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.
[Ref: 8618]    £100.00 ($128 • €116 rates)

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic Dutch 'carte-à-figure' map of Africa]
Africæ nova Descriptio. Amsterdam, c.1640, Latin text edition. Original colour. 410 x 460mm. An excellent example
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. This plate had a long life: it was first published in 1617 with Blaew's original name transcribed as 'Guil: Janssonio'; this second state appeared in 1621, after William had added 'Blaeuw' (blue) to his name to differentiate his firm with that of Jan Jansson, and appeared in his first atlas in 1630; the third and most common state, with extra hachuring around the large sea-monster, was first issued c.1647 and was still being used when a fire ruined the business in 1672. BETZ: 57, state 2 of 3; TOOLEY p.29: 'the most decorative and popular of all the early maps of Africa'.
[Ref: 17881]    £4,750.00 ($6,066 • €5,505 rates)

GOOS, Pieter. [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'.
[Ref: 16540]    £850.00 ($1,085 • €985 rates)

BLOME, Richard. [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.
[Ref: 15253]    £850.00 ($1,085 • €985 rates)

SABATINI, Francesco. [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.
[Ref: 10528]    £6,000.00 ($7,662 • €6,954 rates)

SPEED, John. [The first English atlas map of Africa]
Africæ, described, the manners of their habits, and buildinge: newly done into English by J.S. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 405 x 525mm. Repairs in margins of bottom corners.
A landmark map of Africa, engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. Along the top of the map are prospects of eight cities, including Alexandria, Cairo, Tunis and Algiers. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes of African natives, including an Egyptian, Abyssinian Madagascan and a man from the Cape of Good Hope. BETZ: Africa, 62, state 3.
[Ref: 17814]    £4,000.00 ($5,108 • €4,636 rates)

DE WIT, Frederick. [A 17th century map of Africa]
Totius Africæ Accuratissima Tabula. Amsterdam, 1680. Fine original colour. 500 x 585mm. Minor repairs at centrefold.
A beautifully engraved map of Africa with a large title cartouche in full colour featuring dress from both north and sub-saharan Africa, lions and an elephant BETZ: state 3 of 6, 'a classic late seventeenth century map of Africa'.
[Ref: 19495]    £1,100.00 ($1,405 • €1,275 rates)

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [The rare Coronelli/Nolin map of Africa]
Afrique selon les relations les plus nouvelles... Corrigée et augmentée Par le S.r Tillemon. Paris: Jean Baptiste Nolin, 1689-93. Original outline colour. 455 x 595mm. Some reinforcing at centre fold on reverse.
A large map of Africa with a cartouche filled with engraved text filling in the gaps in knowledge of the interior. Coronelli (1650-1718), a Minorite friar, was official cartographer to both the Republic of Venice and to Louis XIV of France, for whom he made a pair of 3.85 metre diameter globes. Because of this dual interest, many of Coronelli's maps were published by Nolin in Paris, which are generally scarcer than Coronelli's own publications. Engraved by van Loon and first published in 1689, this Africa map pre-dates Coronelli's magnificent two-sheet version by two years. BETZ: 146, state 2 of 4.
[Ref: 16748]    £1,500.00 ($1,916 • €1,739 rates)

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