Africae Accurata Tabula ex Officina – Visscher, Nicolas


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A map of the continent of Africa filled with details of mythical towns, rivers, and mountains, which continues to reflect the Ptolemaic view of Africa. To prepare this map, Visscher used Willem Blaeu’s 1608 wall map of Africa. As in Blaeu’s map, Visscher depicts a common source for the Cuama and Spirito Santo Rivers of the Zambere River originating in Sacaf Lacus in Southern Africa. The general outline of the continent is surprisingly modern in appearance. The South African coastline is shown in great detail. In 1652, the first Dutch settlement under Jan van Riebeeck at the Cape of Good Hope occurred, and Visscher incorporates this information into his map. Visscher introduces a number of Dutch names interspersed with older Portuguese names: Tafel bay (Table Bay), Tafel berg (Table Mountain), Robben Eyl (Robben Island), and Schorre hoek (the southern-most point in Africa). This is the second state of this map, with the “Privilegie” text to the bottom right. Original hand colouring. Some toning to the paper. Crack to the top edge where a 10 x 4cm piece has come loose, with no loss. This has been repaired with with tissue to the rear of the map. One other closed tear to the bottom margin. If postage is required, the map will be removed from the frame.

Date Published: circa 1677

Condition: Good with restoration

Dimensions: plate mark 55 x 44cm

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Weight 1500 g