Africa Mts. Moon Nubia cherubs cartouche Mallet 1719 decorative hand color mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Africa- Nubia- Mts. of Moon shown- source of Nile)
Issued 1719, Frankfort, Germany for A.M. Mallet
Charming early 18th century copper engraved map, with pleasing full hand color. The image has a near folk-art feel, a style of image quite unique to this time in cartographic history. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this very reason.
Note how there is a long series of Mountains which corresponds exactly to the region most often shown with the mythical range Mountains of the Moon. Also, two large lakes are shown, also in the same location as the mythical source of the Nile. Nice cherub cartouche.
Sheet measures c. 8 " H x 6 " W.
Printed area measures c. 5 3/4" H x 4 " W
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 3.