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Auction 130, Lot 789

"Guinea", Hondius/Purchas

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1625 (circa)

Publication: Purchas his Pilgrims

Color: Hand Color

7.3 x 5.8 inches
18.5 x 14.7 cm
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A beautiful small map of the west coast of Africa covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon with a large decorative inset of I. S. Thomae. Further embellished with a sea monster and strapwork title cartouche. This edition is on a full page (8" x 12.5") with English text below the map and on the verso. Above the map is "Cap. 14. Africa. The Sixt Booke," with page number 719 to the right. This map is from Samuel Purchas' publication which is one of the largest and most important collections of voyages and travels in the English language. The four volumes describe the major voyages of exploration and discovery prior to 1625. Most of the maps were originally from the Mercator/Hondius Atlas Minor. A scarce issue.


Condition: B+

The map image itself is fine with lovely coloring and strong impression, no flaws. The full sheet has a few tears at upper margin and a tiny puncture in blank portion between two paragraphs.

Estimate: $200 - $240


Closed on 12/2/2009