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Classic Dutch 'carte-à-figure' map of Africa

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon.

Africæ nova Descriptio.
Amsterdam, c.1650, German text edition. Fine 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.
This plate had a long life: it was first published in 1617 with Blaew's original name transcribed as 'Guil: Janssonio'; a 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; this 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 3 of 3; TOOLEY p.29: 'the most decorative and popular of all the early maps of Africa'.
Stock ID : 20126

£4,750

£4,750

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Stock Id :20126

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Classic Dutch 'carte-à-figure' map of Africa

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon.

Africæ nova Descriptio.
Amsterdam, c.1650, German text edition. Fine 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.
This plate had a long life: it was first published in 1617 with Blaew's original name transcribed as 'Guil: Janssonio'; a 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; this 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 3 of 3; TOOLEY p.29: 'the most decorative and popular of all the early maps of Africa'.
Stock ID : 20126

£4,750

£4,750

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