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Item:3625252549391625 Hondius Map of Africa ADDITIONAL IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST WE SELL ONLY ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MAPS - NOT REPRODUCTIONS Title: Africae Descriptio. Description: This is a beautiful 1625 map of Africa by the Dutch cartographer Jodocus Hondius. It depicts the continent of Africa from the early 17th century perspective. Largely based on earlier Mercator model, this map shows revised coastlines. The map also depicts various coastal features near Madagascar. The speculative details represented on this map also highlight how little was known about the region at the time. Hondius curiously maps the Niger River which includes a great lake formed by the Niger â€šÃ„Ã¬ an embryonic attempt to map the important and unusual Niger Inland Delta. The river, moreover, runs directly eastward rather than correctly to the northeast. The Mountains of the Moon (although not so named on this map), supposed source of the Nile, are located considerably south of where they appear in other maps of the period. Early Ptolemaic maps note these mountains as well as two large lakes just to the north here called 'Zaire Lacus or Zembre Lacus.' Beautiful illustrations adorn the map, including two ships in battle and a whale or a sea monster in the bottom right quadrant. This map is part of Samuel Purchas' Hakluytus Posthumus, or, Purchas his Pilgrimes , a compilation of voyages to foreign countries. Purchas, an English cleric acquired rights to use Hondius' plates to illustrate his works. Size: Printed area measures 6.5 inches high by 8 inches wide. Condition: Very good. Original platemark visible. Shipping: Shipping rates are not negotiable. Items are shipped within three business days of receiving payment. We are happy to consolidate shipping where possible. The following shipping options are available: 1. FedEx Overnight (45 USD). USA Only. Signature Required. 2. FedEx Ground or Home Delivery (15 USD). USA Only. 1 - 10 days. If your address is a P.O. Box and cannot ship FedEx we will ship USPS Priority and, while we ship promptly, recent postal personnel cutbacks mean that delivery may take time. Signature Required. 3. FedEx International or DHL International EXPRESS (45 USD). 4. We can use your Federal Express Account. Customs: International buyers are responsible for paying duty and taxes on delivery. DHL or FedEx will contact the buyer by telephone to arrange payment. Duty varies by country and we cannot predict the amount you will be charged. Some countries are duty free, others are not. Typically, a customs duty and/or VAT tax will be assessed on all parcels to continental Europe. Sometimes duty or tax is due in China, but is seems very random. Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Taiwan have never assessed duty on a map we shipped. Maps shipped to the UK should be duty free, but from time to time duty of 5% is assessed incorrectly by the UK customs agents. Insurance: All shipments are insured privately against loss and damage. All of our shipments require a signature. If you have any questions please feel free to email us through eBay or contact us by telephone at 646-320-8650. Other ServicesConservation Framing: Geographicus recommends basic conservation framing services for any antique paper. We do not offer this service. Antique Map Restoration: Geographicus can repair and restore your antique map. Services include deacidification cleaning flattening and backing. BEWARE anyone attempting to contact you, from a different eBay account, claiming to represent Geographicus Antique Maps. My eBay handle is GeographicusMaps. If you are contacted by email by someone offering you my items, please call me directly to be certain you are not dealing with a con artist. My phone number is 646-320-8650. "Condition:Very good. Original platemark visible.