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Scarce, Striking Early Woodcut

Africa. BUNTING, Heinrich. [Magdeburg, 1581/1600]
Africa Tertia Pars Terrae. 10 7/8 x 13 ¾ inches
Fine hand color; excellent condition.


A lovely example of a scarce woodcut of the African continent. Norwich points out that it "has an unusual shape, tapering to a narrow angle in the south. Numerous rivers appear in West Africa and as tributaries to the Nile, and mountain chains and various kingdoms are mentioned. The sea is engraved in narrow wavy lines, with a galleon, a merman and above him a sea-bird. It is interesting to note the different type of lettering used in this map, indicating the use of inset type for the woodcut technique."

Betz 24.3; Norwich 17; Tooley, Guide to Maps of Africa, no. 141, p. 34.

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