Filippo Pigafetta / De Bry. Map of the Congo and Central AFrica. Published in Frankfurt in 1597. Size 15 x 12 inches (38 x 30cm).
The paper has been professionally restored and is in excellent condition. The De Bry version of the Pigafetta map of the Congo. This map comes from volume one of De Brys petit voyages Vera Descriptio Regini Africani , Printed in Frankfurt in 1598. It is based on the pigafetta version, published in 1591. The Pigafetta work, on which this map was based, described the journey of Duarte lopes though the Congo in 1578 to 1584.
Lopes met Pigafetta in Rome in the late 1580s and subsequently published the work and map. De Bry produced a further edition as part one of his famous Petits voyages with a reissue of this map. Lopes was a Portuguese trader who travelled around what is now Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was appointed ambassador to Spain for the king of Congo and sought to trade in Gold and precious metals, while brining Christianity to Africa.The map is important as it rejects the long-held Ptolemaic belief of the Mountains of the Moon as the source for the Nile River. Instead, the map depicts two lakes which feed the main rivers of Africa. The lower lake feeds the Rio de Manhic (Zambezi) and the Lorenzo Marches (Limpopo), and the northern one feeds the Nile, with a river connecting the two lakes. The map, alongside the general map of Africa, became an important source on central Africa and the Congo, and was frequently used by later writers and mapmakers.
An excellent opportunity to obtain this important map. The item "Tabula Geogra Regni Congo Africa Kinshasa De Bry Pigafetta 1597" is in sale since Thursday, July 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "andrewt8002" and is located in Oxford. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.