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Auction 133, Lot 670

"Guinea", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm
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This is one of the most graphic and beautiful maps covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon. The land is filed with animals and the sea is decorated with ships, sea monsters and compass roses. The large title cartouche features a native couple and three apes, one of which strongly resembles a human. To the left of the title, two child-like sea creatures are carrying a large elephant tusk, representing the flourishing ivory trade. Latin text on verso.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression with original color with some toning from the color oxidation. The paper is thick and sound. There is a tiny hole near the upper left side border that has been professionally repaired with tissue. The margins have been trimmed but are still adequate for framing.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $260

Closed on 9/1/2010