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Sanson (Nicolai)

AFRICA VETUS

Nicolai Sanson Christianiss. Galliar. Regis Geographi. Recognita Emendata et Multis in locis Mutata, Conatibus Geographicis GULIELMI SANSON N. FILII.

Published: Pierre Mariette, 1667, Paris

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445 x 604 mm, (image size 400 x 555 mm), hand coloured in outline, lightly browned around the edges, small tear in the right hand margin not reaching the printed area, folio number (52) in ink at the top corner of the back.

Longitude and latitude coordinates on all four sides of the map, longitude coordinates across Equatorial Line. North at the top; no compass rose. Title cartouche at the upper right. There are no decorative elements on the map apart from the attractively engraved cartouche. (Betz (Richard L.) The Mapping of Africa, A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700, (2007), pages 344-5, map 106.1, First State 1667.

See also Norwich (Oscar) Maps of Africa, (1983), map 41, page 87. 'This map of 1667 has a simple wreath cartouche in the top right corner. The shape of the African continent is a little strange, with numerous coastal inlets. The rivers are distinct and noticeable and only the very large ones are named. No places, bays or rivers are named south of the Tropic of Capricorn, except for one cape on the east coast marked 'Prassum Prom'. Azania and Azanium Mare appear just below the Horn of Africa. All the inhabitants of southern Africa are labelled 'Anthropophagi Aethiopes' or cannibals. The origin of the Nile is once again based on the Ptolemaic concept of twin lakes.'

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