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FRIES, L. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M. - Tabula nova partis Africae.

FRIES, L. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M. - Tabula nova partis Africae.
Tabula nova partis Africae. - FRIES, L. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M.
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Title : Tabula nova partis Africae..
Map maker : FRIES, L. / WALDSEEMÜLLER, M..
Date : Vienna, Trechsel, G., 1525 -1541.
Size : 12.0 x 16.7 inches. / 30.5 x 42.5 cm.
Colouring : In attractive strong period correct colours.

Description :Wood block printed map of southern part of Africa, the second earliest map to focus on the southern part of the Continent. The map is prepared by Lorenz Fries after Martin Waldseemüller and is one of earliest printed representation of South Africa.

Based on the slightly larger map from 1513 published in "Ptolemy's Geographia". The atlas was reprinted in 1520, 1522, 1525, 1535 and 1541.
The map retains his outline and coastal nomenclature, while using the center for a geographical fantasy which added mountain ranges and a new lake, fed by three rivers.
This wood block was cut in 1525 for the publisher J.Grünninger. This being the variant of 1541, now without the banner title, but title in letter type and blank verso.

From the last edition of Ptolemy's "Geography", with maps by Laurens Fries and the text edited by Michael Servetus.
Servatus who was accused of heresy, and when he was burnt at the stake, Calvin ordered that copies of the book should be burnt with him.
Fortunately it seems that Calvinist authorities may only have burnt a few token copies !

Read more about Ptolemy and Waldseemüller.

Condition : Paper very little age-toned as usual. Good margins. Size of paper 41x55cm.

ID: 33851

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