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1680 Danckerts Africa

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"Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula"

Published by Justus Danckerts, 1680

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This superb reproduction of the beautifully-colored copperplate engraving of "Totius Africae Accuratissima Tabula" was originally published by Justus Danckerts in 1680. Although this map became the standard for subsequent maps of Africa, it was actually based upon the earlier work of Frederick De Wit.

While much of Africa had been explored by this time, Lake Victoria, the head of the Nile, had not yet been discovered.

The confidence of Dutch explorers is reflected in the serene seas supporting the sailing ships, as well as the absence of sea monsters.

The elaborate cartouche is classically Dutch baroque, and features Moors and Africans, a child seated on an elephant, and two lions perched atop.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.