Auction 133, Lot 1

"Beschryvinge van de Gantsche Custe van Guinea/Manicongo /Angola/Monomotapa…", Linschoten, Jan Juygen van

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1644 (dated)

Publication: Itineraio

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.5 x 11.4 inches
19.1 x 29 cm

This lovely title page is centered on a beautifully rendered sailing ship in an elaborate strapwork cartouche that contains four views of major cities in the Dutch trading empire: Antwerp, Amsterdam, Middelburg and Enkhuizen. Linschoten was an important Dutch explorer. The valuable sailing instructions that he managed to acquire from the secret Portuguese archives helped launch the Dutch trading empire in the East Indies. His travel writings, the famous Itinerario, published in three parts (Description de l’Amerique, Le Grande Route de Mer, and Histoire de la Navigation), was one of the most important early accounts of India, the Far East, Portuguese Africa, and the New World. This edition was published by Jean Cloppenburg.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/1/2010

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