‎LINSCHOTEN (Jan Huygen van);‎
‎ Typus orarum maritimarum Guineae, Manicongo, & Angôlae... - Delineatio orarum maritimarum, terrae vulgo indigetatae Terra do Natal.‎

‎Amsterdam, [1596]. 2 feuilles, chacune de 390 x 530 mm.‎

Reference : LBW-954


‎ Superbe exemplaire de l'une des cartes les plus décoratives figurant le continent africain, gravée par van Langren pour l'Itinerario de Linschoten. Les deux feuilles, qui peuvent être jointes, sont ornées de magnifiques cartouches de titre style Renaissance. Les mers sont traversées de lignes de rhumbs, de roses des vents, de navires et de monstres marins, tandis que les terres sont décorées de petites vignettes figurant des éléphants, des lions, ainsi qu'une scène représentant l'empereur chrétien Prester John. La feuille figurant la partie ouest de l'Afrique est ornée de deux vues des possessions portugaises de Sainte-Hélène et de l'Ascension, et des armoiries du Portugal décorant le cartouche de titre en latin et hollandais. La feuille figurant la partie orientale de l'Afrique est l'une des premières à représenter cette partie de l'Afrique. Elle s'étend de Doara à R. do Infante, et montre l'ile de Madagascar. Très bel exemplaire aquarellé. Tooley, MCC n°29, Printed Maps of the continent of Africa, 167-168. A splendid colored copy of certainly one of the most decorative maps of the African continent, engraved by Van Langren for van Linschoten's Itinerario. The two separate maps, which can be joined, are decorated with lavish Renaissance title cartouches. The seas are ornamented with rhumb lines, compass roses, sailing ships and a sea monster, whereas the mainland is decorated with small vignettes of elephants, lions, and a scene with the Christian emperor Prester John. The map of the western coast is embellished with 2 inset views of the Portuguese possessions of St. Helena and Ascension, as well as the coat of arms of Portugal surmounting the title cartouche in Latin and Dutch. The map of the eastern coast is the earliest one depicting that part of Africa, and covers the eastern Cape, Natal, Portuguese East and Kenya. Extending from Doara to R. do Infante, it also shows the island of Madagascar and the tip of Ceylon top right. A superb colored copy.‎

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