Auction 151, Lot 690

"Guinea", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1664 (published)

Publication: Grooten Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 15.1 inches
52.6 x 38.4 cm

Elegantly engraved map covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon. The land is filled with animals and the sea is decorated with ships and compass roses. The large title cartouche is flanked by two natives and topped by a very human-looking monkey. On the left of the title is a dedication cartouche to D. Nicolao Tulp, a famous Dutch doctor, and to the right two child-like sea creatures carry a large elephant tusk, representing the flourishing ivory trade. Dutch text on verso describes the region.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #63; Norwich #315; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8700:1B.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with attractive color and wide margins. There is light printer's ink residue, a few small spots in the image, and a light damp stain at bottom left, away from image.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/19/2014