Beautiful 16th Century Engraved Map of East Africa by Linschoten. This is one of the earliest, and most beautifully engraved maps of East Africa. 38 x 54cm (15 x 22 inches).
Beautiful colour (Likely 20th Century). Original engraving (not a reproduction). The work has been professionally restored. There is some sign of toning to the paper which does not visually detract from the overall quality or appeal. The map depicts the East coast of Africa, from modern day South Africa, to Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar.
The chart was drawn from Secret Portuguese charts, which were obtained by the Dutch. These charts were used by the Portuguese to sail around Africa to the riches of the Indies. This chart was published for the first time in the Itinerario by Linschoten and is likely based on stolen Portuguese charts by Bartolomeu Lasso. The chart is beautifully engraved, and contains depictions of Lions and Elephants and the famous "Prester John".
Prester John was a fabled Christian King in Africa, who had been written about since Mediaeval times. His whereabouts were unknown, but early Portuguese explorers wrote about Christian kings in modern day Ethiopia, as depicted on this map. Three ships in full sail are shown alongside a sea monster in the Indian Ocean and three wind roses are finely engraved.A delicately engraved cartouches describes the maps title: Illustration of the coasts of the land called Terra do Natal, and likewise of all the coasts of Safala, Mozambique, Melinde, and the island of S. Likewise of the islands from Maldiva to the Island of Ceylon shown to the promontory of Cormorin, situated on the coast of India... All very accurate, revised, and improved in accordance with the very best Indian maps. 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 East Coast of Africa from the golden age of Dutch engravings. Please contact me if you would like further information or further pictures. The item "Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum, Terrae vulgo Linschoten East Africa 1596" is in sale since Tuesday, July 28, 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.