Auction 145, Lot 760

"Insulae Capitis Viridis", Langenes, Barent

Subject: Northwestern Africa & Cape Verde Islands

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Caert-Thresoor

Color: Hand Color

Size:
4.9 x 3.5 inches
12.4 x 8.9 cm

A charming miniature map of the Cape Verde Islands and a portion of the northwestern coast of Africa from Mauritania to Senegal. The map is embellished with a strapwork cartouche, a large sailing ship, and two sea monsters. Though not signed, this map was likely engraved by Petrus Kaerius, who engraved the majority of the maps of the Caert-thresoor (Map Treasury). This is the scarce first state without degrees of latitude in the borders, published by Cornelius Claesz and printed by Langenes. Dutch text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 80-82.

Condition: B+

There is light soiling, show-through of text on verso, and a small chip in bottom right blank margin that has been repaired with old paper.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/12/2013

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