"Insulae Promontorii Viridis, Hispanis Issas de Cabo Verde, Belgis de Soute Eylanden", Ogilby, John
Subject: Cape Verde Islands
Period: 1670 (published)
Publication: Africa: Being an Accurate Description...
Color: Hand Color
12.3 x 9.8 inches
31.2 x 24.9 cm
John Ogilby's 'Britannia' was published between 1675 and 1698. It is a landmark in the mapping of England and Wales. Its unique format constituted the first national road-atlas of any country in Western Europe. It was composed of maps of seventy-three major roads and cross-roads, presented in a continuous strip-form, on a uniform scale of one inch to a mile. Each beautiful map includes wonderful detail of the countryside with each strip containing a large compass rose to indicate changes in direction.
A beautiful small sea chart of the important Cape Verde Islands based on Blaeu's map of the same title. Beautifully embellished with rhumb lines and a compass rose, it features two cartouches with cavorting cherubs and mermaids.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-1a #34.
A dark impression on paper with very wide margins and light printer's ink residue.