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Auction 153, Lot 710

"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.

Condition: A

Attractive color with a minor damp stain in left blank margin, far from image.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 5/20/2015