"Insula & Arx Mosambique", Hondius/Bertius
Subject: Eastern Africa
Period: 1616 (circa)
Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…
Color: Hand Color
5.3 x 3.8 inches
13.5 x 9.7 cm
Charming miniature map of an island off the coast of Mozambique with its natural harbor. The partial coastline of Madagascar appears to the east. The island is dominated by a Portuguese fort and town, which housed approximately 40 to 50 families according to the text. A strapwork cartouche, sailing ship, fishing boats, and sea monsters complete the composition. French text on verso.
References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #Mocambique:342.
Attractive color with a minor damp stain in left blank margin, far from image.