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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 ($1,589 • €1,404 rates)

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'.
[Ref: 10382]    £340.00 ($432 • €382 rates)

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [16th century map of Africa]
Africa. Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1596, First edition. 135 x 175mm.
A map of 'modern' Africa, engraved by Girolamo Porro for Magini's pocket edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'. From the first edition, with text in Latin. BETZ: 34.
[Ref: 18780]    £250.00 ($318 • €281 rates)

RUGHESI, Fausto. [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.
[Ref: 13085]    £24,000.00 ($30,504 • €26,952 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.
[Ref: 16504]    £4,000.00 ($5,084 • €4,492 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 ($1,144 • €1,011 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]    £200.00 ($254 • €225 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 ($6,037 • €5,334 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 ($1,080 • €955 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 ($1,080 • €955 rates)

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