Description: A beautiful example of Frederick De Wit's 1685 map of Africa. The map covers all of Africa as well as parts of Arabia, and the adjacent portions of the Atlantic, Indian, and Mediterranean. Cartographically the map is a composite of earlier maps, including Jodocus Hondius's map of 1623, Willem Blaeu's map of 1617, and Visscher's map of 1658.
The decorative cartouche, appearing in the lower left, features three Moors and a child on the left, and several African with two children on the right. This map follows the typical conventions of the period, but does exhibit several advances, mostly derived from judicious borrowing from other maps. The Nile follows the Ptolemaic model drawing its waters from to great lakes in the southern part of the continent, Zembre (Lake Zaire) and Zaflan. On the west coast of the continent several Dutch trading stations, including Fort Nassau and Acara, are noted.
It is curious that Dutch information from South Africa, nonetheless, are not present. In the Atlantic, here identified as the Oceanus Aethiopicus , the fictional island of Nuestra I. De Santa Helena, a common feature of contemporaneous French maps by Sanson and others, is identified. This map was published by De Wit in Amsterdam. Size: Printed area measures 19.25 inches high by 23 inches wide.Verso repairs of centerfold separations. Closed tears professionally repaired on verso.
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The item "1685 Frederick de Wit Map of Africa" is in sale since Thursday, August 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "geographicusmaps" and is located in 11221.This item can be shipped worldwide.