"Archipelagus Atlanticus cum suis Insulis Canariis, Hesperidibus, et Azoribus", Scherer, Heinrich
Subject: Northwestern Africa
Period: 1700 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
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.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SHER-1a #158.
A dark impression on a clean, bright sheet with a hint of toning along centerfold and a professionally repaired centerfold separation at top. The bottom corners have been cut, far from image.