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Madagascar.

Descrittione de LIsole di S.Lorenzo Porcacchi Da Castiglione, Tommaso. Girolamo Porro Of Padua Descrittione de L'Isole di S.Lorenzo S.Lorenzo Venice Gorgio Angeliera a instantia de gli Herede di Simone Galignani de Karera 1590
Copper engraved map of the island of of Madagascar called "San Lorenzo" by Girolamo Porro from Porcacchi's " L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo" Set in a page of descriptive Italian text [page 178], with decorative, woodcut headpiece and historiated initial. Single page. folio, text to verso.
Compass rose and monster to sea. Dark Impression; worm track to upper right blank margin.
Adams P-1906; Alden and Landis 590/54; BMC Italian, p.534; Sabin 64151. 110 by 150mm (4¼ by 6 inches).    €170
Stock No. 2941 - Africa full description

Marmarica, North Africa.

Marmaica Nuova Tavola. Ruscelli, Girolamo. Gioseffo Rosaccio, after Giacomo Gastaldi. "Marmaica Nuova Tavola. " Venice Hereredi di Melchior Sessa. 1598-99
Copper engraved map of "Marmarica", part of north Africa between Cyrene and the Nile, from the 4th edition of Ruscelli's " Geografio di Claudio Tolemeo, Alessandrio. . ", edited and augmented by Rosaccio. Italian text to verso. 4to. Dark impression; some show through of text from verso; 2 small paper flaws to engraved area.
Sabin:66507 190 by 262mm (7½ by 10¼ inches).    €130
Stock No. 1485 - Africa full description

Ancient Morocco.

Tabula Aphricæ I. Ruscelli, Girolamo. Gioseffo Rosaccio, after Giacomo Gastaldi. "Tabula Aphricæ I. " "Tavola Prima d'Africa Antica, in cui si contengono amendue le Mauritania, cio è la Tingitana & la Cesariense. " Venice Hereredi di Melchior Sessa. 1598-99
Copper engraved map of North Africa which is today Morocco. from the 4th edition of Ruscelli's " Geografio di Claudio Tolemeo, Alessandrio. . ", edited and augmented by Rosaccio. Italian text to verso. 4to.
Rosaccio has added a galley & 2 large fish to the sea. Dark impression; some showthrough of text from verso.
Sabin:66507 186 by 261mm (7¼ by 10¼ inches).    €150
Stock No. 1488 - Africa full description

Guinea, West Africa.

Guinea with the Capo Verde iislands, Senegal, the coast of Guinea itself and the Kingdoms of Loango, Congo, Angola and Benguela. SANTINI, P.(? FRANCOIS) Guinea with the Capo Verde iislands, Senegal, the coast of Guinea itself and the Kingdoms of Loango, Congo, Angola and Benguela. " Carte de la Guinée contenant les Isles du Cap Verd, le Senegal, la Côte de Guinée proprement dite, les Royaumes de Loango, CongoAngola et Benguela...." Venice, Remondini, 1779
Copper engraved map of West Africa from Santini's "Atlas universel dressé sur les meilleures cartes modernes". Original outline colour; verso blank.
The map after Bonne shows the coastal regions of West Africa, with an inset map of the Gold coast after d'Anville.
Black & white decorative title cartouche with a lion or leopard and large crocodile. Dark impression; some light staining to blank margins.
460 by 625mm (18 by 24½ inches).    €200
Stock No. 2581 - Africa full description

Æthiopia, Abyssinia, the Kingdom of Prester John.

Æthiopia, Superior and Inferior commonly called Abyssinia or the Kingdom of Prester John. Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi. Æthiopia, Superior and Inferior commonly called Abyssinia or the Kingdom of Prester John. "Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum sive Prebiteri Joannis Imperium." Amsterdam Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi c1700
Copper engraved map of East Africa Æthiopia from Schenk and Valk's " Atlas Contractus." Original full wash colour; verso blank.

The map shows a major section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan
The map contains numerous coastal place names such as Mozambique Island, Quiloa, Mombaza, and Melinde indicating the importance of the area to both Arab, Portuguese, and traders and explorers from other countries. Congo is shown on the west coast and the two lakes of Zaire and Zaflan described by Ptolomy are in the lower portion of the map. Lake Niger, and the supposed course of the Niger River, is shown flowing westward. This map is based on Ortelius' map of Prester John of 1573.
Decorative title cartouche, black and white as issued; elephants, ostriches and monkeys within the land.

The legends of Prester John (also Presbyter Johannes) were popular in Europe from the 12th through the 17th centuries, and told of a Christian patriarch and king said to rule over a Christian nation lost amidst the Muslims and pagans in the Orient. Written accounts of this kingdom are variegated collections of medieval popular fantasy. Prester John was reportedly a descendant of one of the Three Magi, said to be a generous ruler and a virtuous man, presiding over a realm full of riches and strange creatures, in which the Patriarch of the Saint Thomas Christians resided. His kingdom contained such marvels as the Gates of Alexander and the Fountain of Youth, and even bordered the Earthly Paradise. Among his treasures was a mirror through which every province could be seen, the fabled original from which the "speculum literature" of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance was derived, in which the prince's realms were surveyed and his duties laid out.

At first, Prester John was imagined to reside in India; tales of the Nestorian Christians' evangelistic success there and of Thomas the Apostle's subcontinental travels as documented in works like the Acts of Thomas probably provided the first seeds of the legend. After the coming of the Mongols to the Western world, accounts placed the king in Central Asia, and eventually Portuguese explorers convinced themselves that they had found him in Ethiopia, which had been officially Christian since the 4th century. Prester John's kingdom was thus the object of a quest, firing the imaginations of generations of adventurers, but remaining out of reach. He was a symbol to European Christians of the Church's universality, transcending culture and geography to encompass all humanity, in a time when ethnic and inter-religious tension made such a vision seem distant. Good impression with bright colour.
The maps of Schenk and Valk are famous for their full wash colour , however often the pigments, particularly in the greens deteriorated leading to browning and eventually could cause the paper to crack, for this reason it is unusual to see such bright original colour.
Koeman III, page 114 Map 447; Sche 2/ Val1. 380 by 514mm (15 by 20¼ inches).    €600
Stock No. 2577 - Africa full description

Guinea, West Africa.

Guinea. Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi. Guinea. "Guinea." Amsterdam Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi c1700
Copper engraved map of Guinea, West Africa after Janssonius from Schenk and Valk's " Atlas Contractus." Original full wash colour; verso blank.
The map after Jansonnius shows the coast of West Africa from Sierra Leone to Gabon, focused upon Guinea and Benin; numerous elephants, lions and monkeys within the land; ships, monsters and compass roses to sea.
Decorative title cartouche surmounted by natives and monkeys; 2 black putti bear an elephant tusk above the sea at bottom left corner. Good impression with bright colour; worm track to upper centre fold in blank margin with old paper repair to verso, not entering image.
The maps of Schenk and Valk are famous for their full wash colour , however often the pigments, particularly in the greens deteriorated leading to browning and eventually could cause the paper to crack, for this reason it is unusual to see such bright original colour.
Koeman III, page 114 Map 446; Sche 2/ Val1. 380 by 514mm (15 by 20¼ inches).    €500
Stock No. 2576 - Africa full description

North Africa and the Barbary coast.

New Barbary described. Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi. New Barbary described. "Nova bARBARIæ DESCRIPTIO." Amsterdam Schenk, Petri & Valk Gerardi c1700
Copper engraved map of North Africa from Schenk and Valk's " Atlas Contractus." Original full wash colour to Barbary, otherwise outline colour; verso blank.
The map shows the coast of North Africa and most of the Mediterranean sea with cities in Spain and Portugal particularly marked. Along the coast are the various North African kingdoms. Fez Tunis etc, which make up "Barbary" The course of the Nile is shown with much detail as are the other rivers. Numerous texts give information, The whole land is decorated with wild animals; elephants, antelopes, lions, leoprds, camels, ostriches, monkeys, crocodiles and even dragons.
Decorative title cartouche, black and white as issued. Good impression with bright colour.
The maps of Schenk and Valk are famous for their full wash colour , however often the pigments, particularly in the greens deteriorated leading to browning and eventually could cause the paper to crack, for this reason it is unusual to see such bright original colour.
Koeman III, page 114 Map 407; Sche 2/ Val1. 352 by 513mm (13¾ by 20¼ inches).    €350
Stock No. 2578 - Africa full description

Algiers, home of the Barbary Pirates.

Algiers Unknown Algiers "Algiers" Unknown Unknown c1690
Copper engraved view of Algiers, black and white ,verso blank.
We have been unable to identify the source of this fine view of the port of Algiers. It shows the city from the sea with numerous ships in the foreground, engaged in an exchange of fire.
Algiers was bombarded during the 1680s in an attempt to rid the Mediterranean of the Barbary pirates.
Enclosed in an engraved frame the title within an ornate cartouche decorated with seashells Further decorative swags of seashells either side. Good impression, folded; slight split at top and bottom of fold.
215 by 275mm (8½ by 10¾ inches).    €200
Stock No. 2041 - Africa full description


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