Auction 134, Lot 700

"Guinea", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
21.2 x 16.6 inches
53.8 x 42.2 cm

Elegantly engraved map covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon. The land is filled with elephants, lions, leopards and monkeys and the sea is decorated with sailing ships. Two natives with pearls, a parrot, and very human-looking monkeys decorate the large title cartouche. To the right, two child-like sea creatures are carrying a large elephant tusk. This is similar to both the Blaeu and Jansson map of the same title, but it is larger in size and it lacks the rhumb lines, calligraphy, and one cartouche.

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Condition: A+

A fine example with original color and a hint of toning in margins.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/1/2010

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