VTRIVSQVE NILI ALBI ET ATRI FONS ET ORIGO.
The Source of the Waters of the White Nile.
A fascinating map of central Africa purporting to explain the source of the Nile. It shows two large central African lakes- Lac Zaflan and Lac Zaire, out of which flow not only the Nile but also the Zaire river and the Niger. An ornate cartouche at lower left, shows a spring- ‘Nili Fontes’, with two reclining figures watching two streams emerge, one called ‘Niger’ the other ‘Albus’ that mix together into the larger stream-Nilus- in which a crocodile swims. Ships and sea monsters at sea.
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Copper engraving. Uncoloured. Fine condition. Size: 34.5 x 23.5 cm. (13 x 9 inches).