Collection: Osher Collection
Name: Africae nova Tabula. Auct: Hen. Hondio. 1631
Notes: From: Atlas, French edition, vol. 2 published by Hendrik Hondius. This map also appears in the 1631 Atlantis Maioris Appendix, published by Hendrik Hondius. Text on verso in French.
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Dimensions: 38 x 50 cm.
Historical Context: On this map the seas are inhabited by traditional monsters under the supervision of Neptune and Salaca, with flying fish overhead. Africa, on the other hand, contains numerous vignettes of camels, elephants, ostriches, and other indigenous animals depicted realistically, except for their relative sizes. However, their strange and exotic appearance to unaccustomed European eyes elicited fascination and wonder.
LC Call Number: G8200 1633 .H6
Accession Number: OS-1633-8