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Africae?Nova Descriptio, c1635

Decorative example of Blaeu’s map of Africa.

This map shows major African cities across the top and indigeneous costumes along the sides.

The body of the map is richly embellished with animals, including elephants, monkeys, ostriches, gazelles, lions, cheetahs and camels. In the oceans are numerous sailing ships, sea monsters, flying fish, and a gorgeous compass rose.