"Carte Nouvelle de l'Isle de Cadix & du Detroit de Gibraltar", Homann Heirs
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 22 inches
47.8 x 55.9 cm
This extremely attractive map of the Strait of Gibraltar was a collaborative effort between Jean de Petit (royal engineer and architect) and Johann Friedrich Weidler (mathematician and astronomer at Witenberg). It was engraved by R.A. Schneider. The map covers the tips of southern Spain and northern Africa in great detail showing forts, cities, farms, mountains, local roads and rivers. The numerous fortifications guarding this strategic waterway are the focus of the map, which is richly adorned with a brilliant compass rose, three large sailing ships and a fine title cartouche depicted on an animal hide.
Bold original color with a few spots of foxing and light printer's ink residue. There is a tear in right blank margin that just touches neatline.