"Civitas Loandae S. Pauli", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Luanda, Angola
Period: 1679 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.8 x 11.5 inches
37.6 x 29.2 cm
This scarce, graphic plan of Luanda shows the city that today is the capital of Angola and an important port and industrial center. The city was founded in 1576 by Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais, who originally named the city Sao Paulo de Assuncao de Loanda. This bird's-eye plan depicts the castles, building, homes, and roads in the town, as well as the dry beds along the coast.
A fine impression on watermarked paper with archival repairs to a chip in top blank margin and a tear that just touches neatline at top.