Africa Ex magna orbis terrae descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta, Studio & industria G.M. Iunioris.

Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection

Description: 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

Bar Code: 394

Creator: Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594

Publisher: Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651

Publishing Location: Amsterdam

Region Depicted: Africa · Madagascar · Arabian Peninsula · Lebanon · Israel · Palestine · Mediterranean Sea · Jordan · Syria

Date Produced: 1633

Date Published: 1633

Language: French

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.

Subjects: Africa · Mercator, Gerhard, 1512-1594 · Hondius, Hendrik, 1597-1651 · Maps--Early works to 1800

Source Referenced: 38 x 47 cm.

Map Type: Geographical , Political

Printing Process: Engraving

Printing Technique: Copper

Material Type: Paper

Brief Description: Map of Africa showing populated places, rivers, and mountains

Physical Description: 1 map; colored; illustrated

Associated Cartouche: Cartouche, 1633, Africa Ex magna orbis terrae descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta, Studio & industria G.M. Iunioris.

Associated Map Imagery: Prester John, 1633, Africa Ex magna orbis terrae descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta, Studio & industria G.M. Iunioris.

Donor: Osher