Nr. 710: Novissima Africae Descriptio

The Ottens map in fine condition and colour

“Novissima et Perfectissima Africae Descriptio per Fredericum de Witt. Amstelaedami..ex Officina R. & I. Ottens”. The continent of Africa with the adjacent islands. The map is embellished by a vivacious scene of native figures and wild animals as part of the title cartouche. Engraved double-page map in brilliant original colour, issued by Reinier & Josua Ottens, Amsterdam c. 1727 or later. (PM) 49,5 x 57,5 cm.

Cf. the description of the original de Wit map in Tooley’s Africa, p. 123/24, with a depiction on plate 94. Our map most probably is not a later state of de Wit’s map, but a close copy of this map printed from a new plate. It is almost certain, that the Ottens brothers had never acquired any of the original de Wit copperplates. They added the name of Frederick de Wit not so much because of scientific accuracy, but as an advert. – In any case is the map rare, and our copy is a perfect example of this rare map. Its bright original colour, wide margins and freshness makes it a splendid copy in every respect.
€ 800

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