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Merian, Mattheus - Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior Monomotapa...
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Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior Monomotapa... - Merian, Mattheus
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Title : Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior Monomotapa....
Map maker : Merian, Mattheus.
Date : Frankfurt ca. 1645.
Size : 11.4 x 14.6 inches. / 29.0 x 37.0 cm.
Colouring : Attractively coloured in period correct colors.
Description :Very attractive and decorative double page map of the southern half of Africa. This map is an reduced version of the Bleau and Jansson maps.
The area shown is from the Congo River basin southward around the Cape of Good Hope to northern present-day Mozambique. Printed before the Dutch settlement at Cape Town. In the north, one of the Ptolemaic lakes, as the source for the Nile River, is still shown. Information on the interior of Africa is relatively sparse, reflecting a scarcity of European knowledge of non-coastal Africa. Decorated with animals and ships & cartouche. Scrolled lettering and ship illustrations to the sea. Large title cartouche to lower right corner with illustrations of figures in local dress and of monkeys.
Tooley, Guide to maps of Africa p.76 , plate 58.
Condition : Fine. Blank on verso. Narrow side margins, as issued.
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