Vienna: 1541. The second map to show just southern Africa; it is based on the Waldseemuller modern map of southern Africa, and derived from Ptolemy. Decoratively illustrated with African kings, serpents, an elephant and a Christian soldier riding a sea monster towards Madagascar. Three large rivers arise from a mountain range, labeled 'Fontes Nili' (source of the Nile), other mountain ranges, and coastal towns named in Latin or Portuguese. With the figure of the King of Portugal riding a sea monster towards Madagascar.
Wood block map with early hand color. Blank on the verso, with the number 39 at the lower right corner. Image size: 16 7/8 x 13". Paper size: 21 1/4 x 15". Strengthened on the verso, very faint browning at middle of center fold, otherwise very good. Betz, p. 55-56. Tooley, "Map Collectors' Circle, No. 30 Printed Maps of the Continent of Africa Part II", p. 61-62. Karrow, "Mapmakers of the Sixteenth Century" Very good condition. Item #15881