"Insulae de Cabo Verde olim Hesperides, sive Gorgades: Belgice de Loute Eylanden", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Cape Verde Islands
Period: 1657 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.4 x 17 inches
54.4 x 43.2 cm
A decorative sea chart of the Cape Verde Islands, located in the central Atlantic Ocean, about 350 miles off the coast of Western Africa. Place names, anchorages, navigational hazards, and topography on the islands are shown. The map is adorned with a compass rose and an elaborate strapwork title cartouche featuring fruits, grains, and livestock.
Watermarked paper with attractive color, light soiling, and several printer's creases at bottom right, primarily confined to blank margins. There is a short, archivally repaired crack along Fogo island caused by the oxidation of the original green pigment.