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Publisher: MERCATOR, G./ HONDIUS, J.
Title: Africa ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercator. . .
Published in: Duisburg and then Amsterdam, (1595) 1609 or 1619
Size: 14.9 x 18.5 inches.
37.8 x 47.0 cm.

Condition: A good and strong impression. In very good condition. French text on verso.
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A classic map of Africa. The map first appeared in Gerard Mercatorís Atlas sive Cosmographicae..., published posthumously in 1595. 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 fine, original colour example is based on Gerard Mercator's famous 1569 World Map. This particular map has a high degree of accuracy especially along the coastline that was unsurpassed by any other 16th century cartographer (Klemp).
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 (Betz).

Mercator tried to adhere to a more scientific approach and did not include the numerous beasts and mythical creature 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.
Reference: Betz Map 31. Tooley, p. 74-75 and Map 55. Norwich, map 21.

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MERCATOR, G./ HONDIUS, J. - Africa ex magna orbis terre descriptione Gerardi Mercator. . .

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