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MERIAN, M. - AETHIOPIA INFERIOR vel EXTERIOR MONOMOTAPA.
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AETHIOPIA INFERIOR vel EXTERIOR MONOMOTAPA. - MERIAN, M.
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Title : AETHIOPIA INFERIOR vel EXTERIOR MONOMOTAPA..
Map maker : MERIAN, M..
Date : Frankfurt, ca. 1646.
Size : 11.3 x 14.8 inches. / 28.7 x 37.5 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.
Description :Decorative, map of Southern Africa, shortly before the first Dutch settlement in the region.
The area shown is from the Congo River basin around the Cape of Good Hope and up the east coast as far as northern present-day Mozambique. Many coastal names shown, including Mozambique Island which was an important stop over for ships sailing to India and points east. To the north, one of the Ptolemaic lakes thought to be the source of the Nile is shown. Information on the interior is sparse, reflecting the lack of knowledge the Europeans had about the interior of Africa.
This Merian's edition sHowinig 4 sail ships, a turtle, two elephants and other animals.
Condition : Minor foxing and stains. A small split in center fold affecting bottom margin only.
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