Fascinating map of the Upper Nile, showing the two lakes which reportedly were then believed to be it source. The map was engraved to illustrate a Dutch Translation of the letter from Jesuit Missionary Antonio Fernandez, who explored the region in the 15th Century.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.