1680 Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula
By: Justus Danckerts
Dimensions: 22.5 x 19 inches (57.15 x 48.25 cm)
A nice decorative map of Africa that became the standard for many maps to came. The design was originally based off the work of Frederick De Wit. Some notable geographical features include the Ptolemaic version of the source of the Nile (two large lakes) and the Niger River shown to dramatically cut straight through West Africa from its source Borno Lacus. Its true source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea and it runs northeast through Mali and then south through Nigeria finally discharging into the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.
There is an elaborate title cartouche in the lower left corner that portrays European settlers trading goods for ivory with natives while an elephant and two lions observe in a peaceful manner. Numerous animal vignettes decorate the interior of the continent and the oceans are accented with sailing ships and a compass rose.
Condition: Map is in B+ condition with old color and minor loss along a fold separation (bottom center) that has been repaired on the verso.
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