C1575

Cefala (Solfala)

Artist:

Artist unknown

Very early woodcut view of Sefala (Sofala) in Mozambique, from François de Belleforest translation of Sebastian Munster’s, Cosmographia’. Cefala now called Sofala, was one of the oldest harbours documented in Southern Africa. It was built on the estuary formed by … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Cefala (Solfala)

Date:

C1575

Artist:

Artist unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodcut

Image Size: 

148mm 
x 137mm
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Cefala (Solfala) - Antique Print from 1575

Genuine antique
dated:

1575

Description:

Very early woodcut view of Sefala (Sofala) in Mozambique, from François de Belleforest translation of Sebastian Munster’s, Cosmographia’.

Cefala now called Sofala, was one of the oldest harbours documented in Southern Africa. It was built on the estuary formed by the Buzi River (called Rio de Sofala in older maps). Sofala was founded about the year 700. 

Biography:

Sebastian Münster (1488-1552) 

Munster was an important German cartographer, cosmographer and Hebrew scholar who is best known for his 1540 Latin translation and publication of Ptolemy’s ‘Cosmographia’. Prior to the introduction of the printing for books, works such as Ptolemy’s groundbreaking Cosmographia could only be copied by scribes, consequently this slow process inhibited the dessemination of geograpic knowledge to a wide audience. As information became available especially of the new world, Munster found that Ptolemy’s theories were contradicted by new discoveries that were related to him by ships captains and explorers. One such theory was a ‘land locked Indian Ocean’ which Ptolemy had shown in his Cosmographia and which was being disproved by the trading ships returning from China and the Spice Islands with their precious cargos.

As a result Munster began to add his own new maps tothe Geographica that reflected these new discoveries and made available to a wide audience this changing knowledge of the world.

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