AFRICA

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Giovanni Magini's modern map of Africa from his edition of Claudius Ptolemy's Geographia. It is basically a slightly-reduced version of the D'Anania 1582 map of Africa, which in turn was modeled after Ortelius' 1570 map. The shape of Africa on the map is quite accurate for this period, and considerable geographical details along the African coasts are shown. Giovanni Magini (1555-1617), originally from Padua, was professor of astronomy at the University of Bologna. The finely-detailed copperplate for this map was engraved by Girolamo Porro of Padua (1550-1604).Right hand margin close but not affecting printed surface.Excellent condition.

See Betz, Map # 34

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code : M1993

Cartographer : MAGINI Giovanni

Date : 1595c Venice

Size : 13*17.5cms

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Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617) was born in Padua, Italy, and studied medicine, mathematics, astronomy and philosophy at the University of Bologna where he was later to become a professor of astronomy. He corresponded with many of the renowned figures of the age including Ortelius, Tycho Brahe, Galileo and Johanes Kepler. He authored various works on astronomy and also produced the first printed atlas of Italy, which was published posthumously by his son Fabio. Other works included the "Geographiae Universiae" (1597) and "Moderne Tavole Di Geografia" amongst others.