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Anne Seile: Africae Nova Descriptio

Map: AFR5665
 
Cartographer: Anne Seile
Title: Africae Nova Descriptio
Date: 1663
Published: London
Width: 17 inches / 44 cm
Height: 13 inches / 34 cm
Map ref: AFR5665
Description:
Anne Seile instructed Robert Vaughan to engrave this map only a year after her husband's death. Her husband had previously engraved and published a set of continental maps within Peter Heylin's 'Cosmographie'. Unusually, Seile did not obtain her late husband's copperplates, and had to instruct Vaughan to re-engrave them to the same specification. This map is remarkably similar to Henry Seile's map of Africa, and both are considered archetypal seventeenth century maps of the continent. The map is embellished with sea monsters, ships and animals roaming the interior, all of which emphasise the continent as a valuable landmass. [AFR5665]