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Auction 142, Lot 690

"Tractus Littorales Guineae a Promontorio Verde Usque ad Sinum Catenbelae", Renard/De Wit

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1715 (circa)

Publication: Atlas de la Navigation et du Commerce...

Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 19 inches
55.4 x 48.3 cm
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This sea chart of the Coast of Guinea, a later issue of an original by Frederick de Wit, extends from modern-day Mauritania to Angola. To the north, the chart begins just beyond Cape Verde, includes the Gold, Ivory, and Grain Coasts, and continues to Catenbela Bay in the south. Three ships are shown in the sea below the coast, as well as two compass roses with rhumb lines. The cartouche is decorated with both European and native figures. In the foreground, two European men barter around a table, as one holds a scale. Three captives, referencing the slave trade, stand behind them. Above the title, a native woman and child sit in a hammock, observing the scene below.

References: cf Norwich #253; Shirley (BL Atlases) #M.REN-1a.

Condition: B

A nice impression with minor soiling and a number of worm tracks along and near the centerfold that have been professionally repaired with a small amount of image in facsimile.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/28/2012