1541 Fries - Tabula Nova Partis Africae

SOLD: 1541 Ptolemaic map of West Africa with mythical kings and beasts

Title:

Tabula Nova Partis Africae

Map maker:

Laurent Fries, Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…

Place and Year:

Vienne, 1541

Dimensions:

40 x 28 cm (15.8 x 11 in)

Technique:

Woodblock printing

Coloring:

Hand color

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

Based on a map by Waldseemüller map, this is one of the earliest "modern" maps of northwest Africa. The map extends from the Mediterranean to the Equator, and from the Canary Islands to the Red Sea. Details are focused primarily along the coastline, with numerous place names noted. The interior of Africa is filled with spurious mountain ranges and rivers.

The map is adorned with depictions of kings on their thrones, a Cyclops, a rhino, and a pair of water buffalo.

CONDITION NOTES

A crisp impression on a clean and bright sheet with a bunch of grapes watermark and minor foxing in the top blank margin. There are professional repairs to a few tiny worm holes along the centerfold.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00158

REFERENCES

Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #211-38; cf. Norwich #286.

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