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Abraham Ortelius (1522 - 1598)

Lot 306: (Map - Africa) Africae Tabula Nova

Old World Auctions

October 13, 2022
Richmond, VA, US

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Description

Ortelius' Cornerstone Map of Africa. Africa. Abraham Ortelius, Africae Tabula Nova, from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570 (dated). Black & White. This striking map is one of the cornerstone maps of Africa and remained the standard map of Africa well into the seventeenth century. It was designed by Ortelius from elements of contemporary maps by Gastaldi, Mercator, and Forlani and used several recent sources: Ramusio in Navigationi et Viaggi (1550), Joao de Barros in Decadas da Asia (1552), and Leo Africanus in Historiale description de l'Afrique (1556). The majority of the nomenclature is taken from Gastaldi. The Nile is based on the Ptolemaic concept, originating from two large lakes south of the equator. Curiously Ortelius did not represent the Mountains of the Moon (a prominent feature on most prior maps), and the twin lakes are not named. Ortelius introduced two important changes to the shape of the continent on this map; the Cape of Good Hope is more pointed, and the eastward extension of the continent was reduced significantly. The map is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, a grand sea battle (copied from Diego Gutierez' wall map of the Americas), and sea monsters. This beautiful map was engraved by Frans Hogenberg who engraved many of the maps for the Theatrum. This is the second state of the map, with Latin text on verso, published in 1571.

Dimensions

19.9" W x 14.9" H

Artist or Maker

Abraham Ortelius

Date

1570 (dated)

Condition Report

A nice, early impression on a bright sheet with an eagle watermark. There is light staining along the centerfold at bottom and professional repairs to some small worm holes in the image and to a few tiny chips along the edges of the sheet.

Literature

Betz #12.2; Norwich #10; Van de Broecke #8.

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