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ID Number: 12
Africa
Munster
1544ca
$350.
An early woodcut map of Africa, from the German edition of Munster's Cosmographia. This is the small version that appeared in the Africa text portion of Cosmographia. Small woodcuts on the reverse show European ships being attacked by bowmen and a headless man being roasted on a spit. German text front and back .Woodblock print, uncolored.

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ID Number: 21
Africa
Brue, A.C.
1820
$160.
A strong impression on excellent paper with wide, clean margins. Light outline color. The Mountains of the Moon are shown as the source of the Nile. The interior is mostly blank.

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ID Number: 73
Africa
Scherrer, Heinrich
1699
$550.
Two sheets in Scherrer's dramatic vivid style. The interior of Africa is detailed throughout, with too many cartographic fallacies to enumerate. Sailing ships, sea monsters, and flying fish are pictured in the oceans.

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ID Number: 122
Africa
Lotter, Tobias Conrad
1760 ca
$725.
A large and impressive map of the entire continent based on the geography of Guilliame De Lisle. Much mythical geography is still depicted including multiple large lakes in the Sahara, non existent rivers, and misplaced mountain ranges.

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ID Number: 124
Africa
Wells, Edward
1704
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This map of Africa appeared in Edward Wells' A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography, and was published in 1704. Wells was a tutor to William, Duke of Glocester, and dedicated these maps to him. This map perpetuates myths that were beginning to be dispelled at the time, including the Ptolemaic concept of the twin lakes as the source of the Nile and the Niger River running the wrong direction.

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ID Number: 125
Egypt
Mitchell, S.A.
1850
$70.
A very detailed map of the Nile Valley from the delta to 20 Degrees north latitude. The valley is divided into the regions of Bahari, Vostani, Said or Upper Egypt, and Nubia.

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ID Number: 126
Africa
Weigel, Christopher
1720
$485.
A very attractive sharp impression with good color and an elaborate vignette.

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ID Number: 127
Africa
De Silver, Charles
1856
$110.
This map is done in the style of HS Tanner and S.A. Mitchell. The map depicts some of the recent African exploration, the farthest extent of an 1840 Egypt expedition, and some old myths, like The Mountains of the Moon. A large area labeled as unexplored occupies the south-central portion.

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ID Number: 132
Africa
Gibson, John Encyclopedia Britanica
1768
$85.
This map is from third edition of Encyclopedia Britannica, which was issued from 1768 to 1797. The geography is based on an earlier map by Rigobert Bonne.

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ID Number: 158
Africa
Munster, Sebastian
1570
$1650.
This is one of the most desirable maps of the continent of Africa. It was published in Sebastian Munster's Cosmographia starting in 1540. This a later variant that appears to be from ca 1570. It has German text and title. The ship in the ocean represents the voyages of Bartholomew Dias. The home of the Monoculi is shown along the Gulf of Guinea. The Kingdom of Prester John appears in east Africa. Many other conceptions and misconceptions of the day are also illustrated.

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ID Number: 162
Africa
Carey & Lea
1832
$75.
A lovely little map of Africa in an antique frame from a miniature atlas by J. Yeager & Co., published by Carey & Lea.

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