1598 – S. Munster – Africae Tabula Nova


​Title:                      “Africae tabula nova / Africa, Lybia, Morenlandt, mit allen Königreichen so jetziger zeit darumb gefunden werden.”​

A decorative Munster’s second map of Africa and is based upon Ortelius’ map of 1570. This woodblock map depicts the continent with a jagged coastline with several prominent bays. The coast of Brazil was added on the left hand side of the map. In the interior there are several large lakes, including the twin lakes considered to be the source of the Nile. Two sailing vessels, a sea monster and a block-style title cartouche decorate the map.

Map comes from the German edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmography, titled “Cosmographey: das ist, Beschreibung Aller Länder, Herrschafften vnd fürnemesten Stetten des gantzen Erdbodens, sampt ihren Gelegenheiten, Eygenschafften, Religion, Gebräuchen, Geschichten vnd Handtierungen…“, published in 1598 by Heinrich Petri in Basel.

Cartographer:      Sebastian Munster​ (1488 – 1552)
Leaf size:            32,3 x 36,3 cm
Year:                    1598
Technique:           woodcut

Good condition! Narrow margins.


This is an original antique map published in 1598 and NOT a modern copy or reprint


On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity

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