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MERCATOR, Gerard Jr. - Africa ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercatories desumpta studio & industria G.M. Juniorius

MERCATOR, Gerard Jr. - Africa ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercatories desumpta studio & industria G.M. Juniorius
Africa ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercatories desumpta studio & industria G.M. Juniorius - MERCATOR, Gerard Jr.
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Title : Africa ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercatories desumpta studio & industria G.M. Juniorius.
Map maker : MERCATOR, Gerard Jr..
Date : Duisburg and then Amsterdam, 1595.
Size : 15.0 x 18.6 inches. / 38.0 x 47.2 cm.
Colouring : Original colours.

Description :A classic and important map of Africa, especially as it is directly based on Gerard Mercator’s rare wall map of the world of 1569. The map first appeared in Gerard Mercator’s Atlas sive Cosmographicae..., first published posthumously in 1595. This particular map is from that 1595 edition. As stated in the title, this map is by Gerard Mercator's grandson, Gerard Mercator Jr. He extracted the information for this map from his famous grandfather's large world map of 1569. Mercator also used as sources the Waldseemuller and Gastaldi maps.

This map has a high degree of accuracy especially along the coastline that was unsurpassed by any other 16th century cartographer (Klemp). Much of the interior of Africa defers to the traditions of Ptolemy; the Nile river is shown with the two lakes and the Mountains of the Moon across southern Africa. Mercator does show European advance into the interior. For example, Mercator shows Portuguese exploration up the Cuama (Zambezi) River into the interior of south central Africa in the region of Monomotapa or Benamataxa, as he named it on his map. "Ca. Portogal" (the Portuguese Fort) is placed on the map within the junction of the Spirito and Cuama rivers.

Mercator tried to adhere to a more scientific approach and did not include the numerous beasts of other cartographers. The only figure within Africa is the seated legendary priest-king Prester John in Ethiopia. The cartouche is quite decorative with fruit and two satyrs. The fine script is superb and the sea has Mercator's signature "miore" pattern.
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Condition : Exceptional original colour. Some very light discolouration along upper and lower part of the center fold. There is a small repaired separation near Turkey measuring 2.5cm just entering map image. The separation is so well repaired that it is hard to see.
There is also a small wormhole on bottom centerfold margin, and a thin spot of paper in the map’s margin by Arabia.
Generally in very fine condition.


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