Auction 142, Lot 684

"Archipelagus Atlanticus cum suis Insulis Canariis, Hesperidibus, et Azoribus", Scherer, Heinrich

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13.5 x 8.9 inches
34.3 x 22.6 cm

Striking and unusual copper-engraved map depicting the northwestern portion of the continent, extending to southern Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. The interior is fully engraved with depictions of mountains, forests, rivers, cities, and a number of animals, including lions, giraffes, and elephants. The Azores, Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands are well depicted, and an inset of Tenerira and Canary appears at bottom left. The map is richly ornamented with a decorative title cartouche, ships, sea monsters, and three large native figures holding three birds native to the region: an accipter, a canary and a flamingo.

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Condition: A

Attractive color with a few unobtrusive spots and a printer's crease in bottom right corner.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $600

Closed on 11/28/2012

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