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BLAEU,W. - Africae nova descriptio.

BLAEU,W. -  Africae nova descriptio.
Africae nova descriptio. - BLAEU,W.
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Title : Africae nova descriptio..
Map maker : BLAEU,W..
Date : Amsterdam 1663.
Size : 16.1 x 21.8 inches. / 41.0 x 55.3 cm.
Colouring : In attractive strong original colours.

Description :A wide paper copy, probably from his famous Atlas Major. Much of the geographical information is still based on the Ptolemaic maps, with the Nile shown with its source in the Lakes Zaire and Zaflan. Also included are various other mythical lakes and rivers including the famous Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries.
Only coastal towns are named on the Cape, with the printing covering much of the Unknown territory. Decorated with elephants, lions, ostriches etc. on the land areas, and ships and sea monsters on the sea. With columns on either side depicting ten views of the native manner of dress and nine city and town plans above.
Schilder (p. 116-119) identifies three states of this map.
The 1st state of 1617 was issued separately and has the name of "Willem Jansz" (not Blaeu) in the title cartouche. This state is rare. The 2nd state of 1621-30 has the name changed to "Guiljelmo Blaeuw" in the title. There is a 3rd state dated c. 1663. In this state, there is additional hatching around the sea monsters as a result of re-engraving due to the wear of the copperplate. ¤

Condition : Paper slightly age-toned. Some water staining in very outer margins. Original ruler along center fold removed for protective reason and replaced by strip of archive paper. Very good condition. French text on

ID: 23546

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