Auction 140, Lot 820

"Guinea", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm

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 four apes, one of which strongly resembles a human. To the left of the title, two child-like sea creatures carry a large elephant tusk, representing the flourishing ivory trade. French text on verso.


Condition: A

Some creasing along centerfold and two minute holes. A few marginal tears, not entering map image, have been closed on verso with archival tape and old paper. Light, marginal soiling.

Estimate: $375 - $450


Closed on 5/23/2012