Title: Africa. Ex Magna Orbis Terre Descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta. Studio & industria G.M. Iunioris.

By: Hondius, Jodocus,Mercator, Gerard

Map id: 52688
Publisher:
Published date: 1609 circa

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Africa.  Ex Magna Orbis Terre Descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta. Studio & industria G.M. Iunioris.

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Copper engraving with full wash original colouring . French text verso. Overall sheet size: 58.6cms x 49.6cms; image size: 468mm x 377mm.Highly decorative title cartouche with two satyrs. Finely engraved sea in typical Hondius style. The source of the Nile is shown as a series of lakes located in the Lune montes (Mountains of the Moon). Mercator adds a lake named Sc. Haf Iac which feeds both the Zambere River and the Nile. The legendary (and imaginary ) Christian King, Prester John, sits on his throne just north of the Abissinia boundary. Browning to verso from a previous framing, backstrip remaining white however, one remnant of old tape at top of centrefold on verso; small area of loss at left edge of the very large margin (see magnified image), nowhere near map itself; three very small areas of pigment loss in Mani congo regnum else stunning example which superb hand colouring

Subject Africa
Map maker Hondius, Jodocus, Mercator, Gerard
Publisher No
Published at year 1609 circa

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