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Willem Janszoon Blaeu:  Africae nova descriptio . . . (First State!)

Maps of Africa

Title: Africae nova descriptio . . . (First State!)

Map Maker: Willem Janszoon Blaeu

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1617

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 22 x 16 inches

Condition: VG

Price: SOLD

Inventory ID: 49850


Rare first state of Willem Janszoon Blaeu's map of Africa.

A cornerstone map of Africa in its first state by Blaeu (bearing his original latinized name Guillaume Janssonius), published as part of a set of the continents, and being reductions of his own wall maps of 1608.

With the decorative three border panels including views of Alexandria, Algier, Cairo, Ceuta, Tangier, Tunis, the Canarian island and Mozambique, and the mine at St. George in Guinea.

This map was issued until Blaeu's name was changed in 1621.

The body of the map is richly embellished with animals, including elephants, monkeys, ostriches, gazelles, lions, cheetahs and camels. In the oceans are numerous sailing ships, sea monsters, flying fish, and a goregous compass rose.  

This first state is extremely rare.  This is the first example we have ever seen on the market.

Condition Description: Narrow margins. Slightly toned and soiled. Several minor tears, repaired on verso.

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