Auction 104, Lot 580

"Africae Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Africa

Period: 1637 (published)

Publication: Historia mundi

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.7 x 5.8 inches
19.6 x 14.7 cm

A reduced version of Hondius' fine map of the continent. It is based on the Mercator model with revisions to the coastlines, particularly that of Madagascar. Hondius improved the Cape area by inserting Saldanha Bay and Cape Falco and discarding Cayneca. The map is finely engraved and decorated with strapwork title and distance scale cartouches, a sea monster, and a sea battle off the coast of C. Negro. English text on verso.

References: Norwich #27a; Betz #53.

Condition: A

Slight show through of text on verso, else fine.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/10/2003

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