Auction 114, Lot 659

"Nigritarum Regnum", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Africa - Western

Period: 1666 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Contractus

Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 17 inches
57.2 x 43.2 cm

Uncommon and very decorative map of West Africa covering the coast from just above the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. The interior cartography is primarily Ptolemaic with the large twin lake source of the Nile. The coastline shows good detail, particularly in the areas controlled by European traders. The title cartouche represents the wealth of the continent with ivory, jewels and exotic animals. The dedication cartouche includes the coat of arms of the Elector of Brandenburg. The map is further adorned with three sailing ships.


Condition: B

Attractive original color with a few light damp stains and a tiny hole in Guinea coastline resulting from a paper flaw. Professional repair of centerfold with an imperfect closure at bottom border. Extraneous fold reinforced with tissue on verso.

Estimate: $500 - $550

Sold for: $375

Closed on 3/1/2006