Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection
Title: Africa Ex magna orbis terrae descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta, Studio & industria G.M. Iunioris.
Title Translation: Africa apart from the Great Earth description by Gerard Mercator, from the studio and industry of G.M. the younger
Alternative Title: L'Afrique
Creator: Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594
Publisher: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651
Publishing Location: Amsterdam
Date Produced: 1633
Date Published: 1633
Historical Context: Until the mid-nineteenth century, the African continent was an unknown entity to western cartographers. On maps from the Renaissance, such as this 1633 map by Gerardus Mercator, the continent?s outline is delineated fairly accurately but its interior is depicted according to conjecture and hearsay.The Nile river is shown with the two lakes and the Mountains of the Moon across southern Africa. Mercator shows Portuguese exploration up the Cuama (Zambezi) River into the interior of south central Africa in the region of Monomotapa or Benamataxa.
Dimensions: 38 x 47 cm.
Printing Process: Engraving
Printing Technique: Copper
Material Type: Paper
Notes: From: Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius atlas, 1633-38.
Brief Description: Map of Africa showing populated places, rivers, and mountains
Physical Description: 1 map; colored; illustrated
Permanent URL: https://oshermaps.org/map/394.0001