Africæ Accurata Tabula

17th century Visscher map of Africa

Cartographer(s): Nicolas Visscher
Date: ca. 1670
Place: Amsterdam
Dimensions: 43.5 x 54 cm (17.25 x 21.25 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Striking map of Africa with details typical of the late 17th century.

The Nile appears according to the ancient pattern, arising from the two lakes of Zaire and Zafflan. The interior is decorated with elephants, ostriches, monkeys, lions and rhinoceros, and eleven small ships sail in the sea.

The title cartouche is flanked by natives and angels and in the lower left is a dedication cartouche with the coat of arms of Gerardo Schaep surrounded by Neptune and his entourage.


Nicolas Visscher

Nicolaes Visscher I (25 January 1618, Amsterdam – buried 11 September 1679, Amsterdam) was a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher. He was the son of Claes Janszoon Visscher. His son, Nicolaes Visscher II (1649–1702), also worked with him and continued the family tradition of mapmaking after his death. Visscher died in Amsterdam in 1679 and was buried in the Nieuwezijds Kapel on 11 September of that year, though a death year of 1709 is maintained by some sources.

Condition Description

Somewhat toned with some marginal chips and a lighter streak along centerfold.