"Guinea", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm
One of the most graphic and beautiful maps covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon. The land is filed with animals and the sea is decorated with ships, sea monsters and compass roses. The large title cartouche features a native couple and three apes, one of which strongly resembles a human. On the left of the title two child-like sea creatures are carrying a large elephant tusk, representing the flourishing ivory trade. French text on verso.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #63; Norwich #315.
Lovely original color. Couple of very unobtrusive tiny spots, overall still very good. Sound old repairs on centerfold in blank margins, well away from map.