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Sixteenth century map of Africa by the Italian engraver Giovanni Battista Mazza

Title
Africa ex Magnae Orbis Terrae Descriptione.
Author
MAZZA, Giovanni Battista
Publisher
Donati Rascicotti formis.
Publication place
[Venice,
Publication date
circa 1589].
Dimensions
335 by 460mm (13.25 by 18 inches).
Price
£10,000
Reference
13014

Description

Engraved map, fine original hand-colour, some wear to the plate.

Notes

Extremely rare separately published map Africa by the Venetian engraver Govanni Battista Mazza.

The maps geography is heavily influenced by Ortelius's map of 1570, which in turn followed the cartography of Gastaldi's seminal eight sheet wall map of Africa.

The map was published as part of a set of the four continents. Although none of the extant examples bear a date; a date of circa 1589 has been convincingly suggested for the map of America by Suarez and Casten in their 1995 article published in issue 70 of The Map Collector.

Little is known about Giovanni Battista Mazza an engraver working in Venice at the end of the sixteenth century. He is known to have engraved a magnificent world map for Giuseppe Rosaccio in 1597, and the present map is part of a set of the four continents.

Rare we are only able to trace two institutional examples: Bern University Library; Chicago Newberry Library; and one in a Private American Collection.

Bibliography

Betz 25.