Auction 103, Lot 527

"Guineae Nova Descriptio", Mercator

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 7.2 inches
24.4 x 18.3 cm

Miniature map based on Hondius' folio map of the same title. The map shows the West African coast from Senegal to Cape Lopez on the Gulf of Guinea just below the equator. The island of Sao Tome is shown in detail in the small inset bottom left. The map was engraved by Direk Cornelissen Swardt and is nearly identical to the one he engraved for Cloppenburgh's edition of Mercator Atlas Minor except the moiré pattern in the sea around the cartouches has been eliminated. 294 - Teatro Belgico is overprinted in right border. Italian text on verso.


Condition: A

Bit of text show-through, else fine.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $160

Closed on 6/11/2003