Auction 126, Lot 764

"Guineae Nova Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1606 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.5 inches
49.5 x 34.3 cm

This beautifully engraved map of western Africa from Senegal, Rio Senega, to Cape Lopez on the Gulf of Guinea just below the equator. The map reflects the Portuguese exploration and settlement in the region and includes a large inset of the Island of St. Thomas. This is one of six new maps of Africa to be included in Hondius' first edition of Mercator's Atlas. It is beautifully embellished in Hondius' style with strapwork title cartouches, a Portuguese ship and native sailing boat, and fully engraved seas in a moiré style. French text and page number 637/640 on verso.

References: Norwich #316.

Condition: A+

Beautiful, early impression and fine coloring on a full sheet of thick paper with watermark and very wide margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/3/2008