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Kraus 12.3, Nova totivs Africae descriptio. (Between 1566-1608?)

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Title   Nova totivs Africae descriptio.
Alternate Title   A new description of the whole of Africa.
Cartographer   Gastaldi, Giacomo (ca. 1500 - ca. 1565)
Subject   Africa--Maps
Publisher   Bertelli, Donato, fl. 1558-1584
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Between 1566-1608?
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   12.3
Dimensions in mm.   1003 x 1345 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


ONE OF THREE COPIES RECORDED OF A LARGE WALL MAP OF AFRICA, designed by Gastaldi (another in Museo Correr in Venice, a third in 1928 in the Ashburner collection in Florence). It was published by Donato Bertelli with a dedication to Paolo Nani, who was procurator of St. Marc in Venice from 1573 to 1608.
Gastaldi's original edition had been made about 1564-1566. Nordenskiöld (Periplus, p. 130, pl. XLVI) considers it to be "of great importance for the geographical history of Africa during the 16th century."

The present map is enriched by many descriptive legends on tablets all over the continent and the surrounding ocean and has a large tablet in the upper right corner with a long inscription: "Africae qvae veteribus tertia pars orbis censebatvr nova de¬scriptio . . . non modo ex recentiori charta marina verum etiam ex aliorum assertione ... per eximium Geographum M. Jacobum de Gastaldo ...".

Caraci, "Avanzi di una... racolta di carte geografiche," in: Bibliofilia, XXIX, 1928, p. 190, reproducing the map, and id., Tab. Geog. Vet. II, p. 17 (there still considered to be of 1564-1566).