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Auction 132, Lot 666

"Guineae Nova Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1636-38 (published)

Publication: Atlas or Geographicke Description of the Regions…

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 13.6 inches
49.5 x 34.5 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' editions 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. This is from a scarce English edition with English text on verso.

References: Norwich #316.

Condition: A

There are some repairs in the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/2/2010