Auction 122, Lot 776

"Africae Descriptio", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: Africa

Period: 1621 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 6 inches
19.8 x 15.2 cm

A reduced version of Hondius' superb 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 discarded 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: B

A nice impression on a sheet that has been professionally backed with tissue with the lower right margins extended and a binding hole filled.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/5/2007