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Number: 3168
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1670 (estimated)
Title: Africae nova Tabula Auct. Jud. Hundio
Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Bologna
Height: 34.2
Width: 45.3
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 25,325,200
Color Type: No Color
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Engraver: Pietro Todeschi
Publisher: Francesco Sabatini
Other Contributors: Jodocus Hondius, Sr.
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Notes: [Joppin/SWAEN source, linen backed but poor faded impression[ compare to Altea gallery better example ]2017] This map is signed by Sabatini, in the dedication to a Bolognese nobleman, Marchese Andrea Paleotti, and his wife Christine Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, grand-daughter of Sir Robert Dudley, the famous Elizabethan mariner and chart-maker, who was exiled to Florence in the early seventeenth century. Christine was born in 1649, and married Paleotti in 1663. A legendary beauty, she had a scandalous love-life, partly encouraged by her husband, who died in 1689. Published by Sabatini, one of the many fringe figures in Italian map-making and publishing in the late seventeenth century. Unfortunately, even accurate dates for his life and death elude us, while his work life can be established only by the rough dating of his maps dependent on the dedications on those maps bearing them, but he was apparently active as a printer and publisher (and possibly engraver) in the 1670s, probably in Bologna. This a late piracy of Dutch cartes-figure maps, popularised in the first part of the seventeenth century, although it seems likely that the map was plagarised from intermediate Italian copies, perhaps by Stefano Scolari, an engraver and publisher (or possibly two different men) active from the 1640s to 1660s. This example is now listed in BETZ: Mapping of Africa, addenda. This very rare map of the African continent contains a dedication to the Marchese Andrea Paleotti and his wife Christine Dudley who was the granddaughter of Sir Robert Dudley author of the Arcano del Mare, 1646. The dedication ends with the imprint of Francesco Sabadini [Sabatini] who is a little known publisher in Bologna. Engraved by Pietro Todeschi. Sabatini published four continent maps, a map of the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands and the Iberian Peninsula, all with decorative panels. References: Not listed in Betz 1st ed, The mapping of Africa. Other reference books have an entry on Sabatini maps: Stopp, Klaus (2007) Drei Karten von Francesco Sabatini, in Mappae Antiquae Liber Amicorum Gunter Schilder pp. 281. Update to The Mapping of North America Volumes I and II (Last updated February 2016); Ink fading, Paper browned and chipping; Mounted on canvas and cut on neat line. A brown ink-line in outer margin.
Last updated: Nov 4, 2017