A rare map of southwestern Africa
Decorative regional map, extending from C. de Lopo Gonsalves and Loango to Baya de Thoro and Benguela Regnum and east to the Congo River, centered on the Zaire River.
Ornate full color cartouche, including lions, elephants, ostriches, warriors and a coat of arms.
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.