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Auction 116, Lot 801

"Africae Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Africa

Period: 1621 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.7 x 6 inches
19.6 x 15.2 cm
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This is a reduced version of Hondius' superb map of the continent. Based on the Mercator model, there are 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 crisply engraved and decorated with strapwork title and distance scale cartouches, a sea monster, and a sea battle off the coast of C. Negro. Latin text on verso.

References: Norwich #27a; Betz #53.

Condition: A+

Fine crisp impression and later color.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/20/2006