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Publisher: MERCATOR, G. / HONDIUS, J.
Title: Nova Africae Tabula.
Published in: Amsterdam, 1630
   
Size: 14.7 x 19.7 inches.
37.3 x 50.1 cm.
Colouring:

Coloured.
Condition: Excellent condition. Heightened in gold. Strong print, heavy paper, neat image, wide margins Some browning/foxing in margins and on verso.
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A splendid map of the African continent, heightened in Gold. Added by Hondius when he took over publication of Mercator's Atlas. Although it is based on Mercator's map, Hondius improved the outline of Madagascar, and named Cape False and Saldanha Bay.
Richly ornamented map of the continent. Decorative title cartouche surrounded by a wreath and topped with an animal head. There are five ships under full sail. Flying fish and various sea monsters decorate the sea. Elephants and dromedary occupy the interior.
Mercator was born in Rupelmonde in Flanders and studied in Louvain under Gemma Frisius, Dutch writer, astronomer and mathematician. The excellence of his work brought him the patronage of Charles V, but in spite of his favor with the Emperor he was caught up in the persecution of Lutheran protestants and charged with heresy, fortunately without serious consequences. No doubt the fear of further persecution influenced his move in 1552 to Duisburg, where he continued the production of maps, globes and instruments.
Reference: Tooley, Africa p.54. Betz, 52. Norwich O.I., 27.



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