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[Early Woodblock map of Africa]

image of Africa, Libya, Morland mit allen Künigreichen...


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MUNSTER, Sebastian.
Africa, Libya, Morland mit allen Künigreichen... Basle, c.1556, German text edition. Woodcut, printed area 270 x 340mm.
Munster's famous map of Africa, the first to show the whole continent. 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', the mythical tombs of the Nubian Kings. The large text box contains a guide for sailing from Cadiz to Calecut in India. NORWICH: 2.; BETZ: Map 3.
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