Auction 149, Lot 670

"Africa", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Africa

Period: 1616 (published)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum

Color: Hand Color

5.3 x 3.8 inches
13.5 x 9.7 cm

A reduced version of Hondius' superb map of the continent. It is based on the Mercator model with revisions to the coastlines, particularly that of Madagascar. Hondius improved the Cape area by inserting C. Falco and discarding Cayneca. In western Africa, the Niger River flows in a fairly straight line to the Atlantic, and two large lakes south of the equator are shown as the source of the Nile River. The map is crisply engraved and decorated with strapwork title and distance scale cartouches. Latin title page on verso, published in the first edition.

References: Betz #56; King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8600:342.

Condition: B+

Light, overall toning.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/21/2014