Beautiful 16th Century Engraved Map of West and South Africa by Linschoten. This is one of the earliest, and most beautifully engraved maps of West Africa. 38 x 54cm (15 x 22 inches).Beautiful colour (Likely 20th Century). Original engraving (not a reproduction). Folds have been restored (the map was issued folded) and there has been professional restoration of worm holes.
The map depicts the West coast of Africa, from modern day Guinea and Nigeria, to the Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The chart was drawn from Secret Portuguese charts, which were obtained by the Dutch. The charts were used by the Portuguese to sail around Africa to the riches of the Indies. The chart was published for the first time in the Itinerario by Linschoten.
The chart is beautifully engraved, and contains depictions of Lions, Elephants, Rhinos and snakes, alongside Mermaids in lake Zaire. Three ships in full sail surround a sea monster in the Atlantic and two wind roses are finely engraved. Delicately engraved cartouches show the coastlines of Ascension Island and St Helena - two important stop overs for sailors on the long voyage to the East. The fictitious city of Vigiti Magna is shown as well as Monomotapa - a fabled kingdom rich with gold and trade.The map was first published in Linschoten's Itinerario, which was one of the most celebrated works published in the early ages of travel. He spent several years living in Goa, and described the life and trade of the Portuguese.
On returning, he published his findings, alongside beautiful charts, in his celebrated Itinerario. The dissemination of the key information opened the way for British, French and Dutch merchants in the East, and broke the Portuguese monopoly.A finely engraved and beautiful map of the West Coast of Africa from the golden age of Dutch engravings. Please contact me if you would like further information or pictures. The item "Typus Orarum Maritimarum Guineae, ManiCongo & Angolae Linschoten West Africa" is in sale since Monday, April 27, 2020. 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 worldwide.