"Carte Nouvelle de l'Isle de Cadix & du Detroit de Gibraltar...", Homann
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19 x 22.3 inches
48.3 x 56.6 cm
This extremely attractive map of the Strait of Gibraltar was a collaborative effort between Jean de Petit (royal engineer and architect) and Johann Friedrich Weidler (mathematician and astronomer at Witenberg). It was engraved by R.A. Schneider. The map covers the tips of southern Spain and northern Africa in great detail showing forts, cities, farms, mountains, local roads and rivers. The numerous fortifications guarding this strategic waterway are the focus of the map, which is richly adorned with a brilliant compass rose, three large sailing ships and a fine title cartouche depicted on an animal hide.
Full original color on watermarked paper with a printer's crease and several minor extraneous creases along the centerfold, minor soiling, and a damp stain confined to the left blank margin,