Auction 121, Lot 800

"Caerte vande Cabo de Bona Esperanca en haer gelegentheyt daer omtrent", Nieuhoff, Johann

Subject: Africa - Southern

Period: 1682 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 cm

A striking map of the Cape of Good Hope showing an inventive inset of Table Bay at the lower left. The interior of the map is filled with elephants, a rhinoceros, lion, ostriches and snakes to name a few. A road stretches from Table Bay to the interior. A dotted line between Table Bay and False Bay represents a proposed canal that was not undertaken, and a notation of Uytegedeelt lant (distributed land) refers to the land granted to the first free burgher on the Cape. The sea is filled with ships, and a compass rose orients north to the right of the map. The title is on a hide held by a group of natives and a lion stalks the foreground. The scale of miles cartouche is attended by a Dutchman and a young man with surveying equipment.

References: cf Norwich #209.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on a sheet with a few minor repairs in the margin and some slight creases in map.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/26/2007