1606 Nova Africæ Tabula Auctore Jodoco Hondio
By: Jodocus Hondius
Date: 1606 (Dated) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 14.8 x 19.7 inches (37.5 cm x 50 cm)
This magnificent map shows the African continent as it was known in 1606, including the island of Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula. Vignettes include four European sailing ships as well as a local launch.
Geographical and topographical features are in abundance and cities, towns and villages are named. Three sea monsters, plus a camel, an elephant, and a monkey, and elaborate swirling calligraphy further embellish the map. On the reverse, labeled page 332, is a note to the reader, appearing to say that the section on Europe is concluded and explanations of following regions can be found at the beginning of the text. Underneath is a large fanciful, triangular fleuron, or elaborate ornament ending a section. Map and text in Latin.
Condition: Superior condition with centerfold split at top and bottom margin. Centerfold reinforced with archival tape.
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