"Guineae Nova Descriptio", Swardt, Direk Cornelissen
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1673 (circa)
Publication: Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes...
Color: Hand Color
9.9 x 7.3 inches
25.1 x 18.5 cm
This handsome miniature map is based on Hondius' folio map of the same title. It shows the West African coast from Senegal to Cape Lopez on the Gulf of Guinea just below the equator. The island of Sao Tome is shown in detail in the small inset bottom left. The map was engraved by Direk Cornelissen Swardt and is nearly identical to the one he engraved for Cloppenburgh's edition of the Mercator Atlas Minor except the moiré pattern in the sea around the cartouches has been eliminated. This example was published in Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge's reissue of the Cloppenburgh edition.
A nice impression on a sheet with a Strasbourg bend and lily watermark.