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Number: 1357
Continent: Africa
Region: North
Place Names: Nile River, Sahara Desert, West Africa
Year of Origin: 1511
Title: Quarta Africae Tabvla
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Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Venice
Height: 30.0
Width: 46.8
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 21,407,900
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: Bernard Sylvanus
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Publisher: Jacobus Pentius de Leucho
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Northernmost Latitude: 39.0
Southernmost Latitude: 16.0
Westernmost Longitude: -17.66
Easternmost Longitude: 102.66
Measurement Notes: Longitude estimated with respect to Greenwich. Map has El Hierro (Ferro) island as prime meridian.
Notes: Potter; IV of four, sheeth together in leaves turned as booklet; from Silvanus' atlas "Claudii Ptholemaei Alexandrini Liber Geographiae cum tabulis et universali figura" 1st maps to be printed in 2 colors, black and red; Sylvanus's map is one of the earliest obtainable maps to show a significant portion of the African continent. It provides a marvelously detailed look at the known parts of Africa based on Ptolemy's work, only 23 years after Bartolomeu Dias's rounding of the Cape of Good Hope. The Sylvanus edition of Ptolemy is one of the earliest to include maps with modern geographical updates. The rich topographical style of the map is a marked deviation from earlier Ptolemy maps of the region. Sylvanus' work was also a landmark in the history of printed maps, being the first maps printed in two colors. Sylvanus printed each of his maps using two plates, with each of the map sheets in the work printed on both sides, meaning that there are halves of two different maps on the back side of this example of the map.
Last updated: Sep 19, 2016