"Isole della Guinea [on verso] Isola Goree", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1696 (circa)
Publication: Isolario Descrittione Geografico-Historica...
Color: Hand Color
11.9 x 8.6 inches
30.2 x 21.8 cm
This charming map of Western Africa contains spurious information and lovely decorative elements. Information is largely confined to the coast and the Niger River, which flows in perpendicular to the equator, with a large lake (Lago Grande). The interior is filled with mountain ranges, a few rivers, and a number of depictions of animals, including elephants, lions, monkeys, and a crocodile. The distance scale appears on an ivory tusk held by putti wading through the ocean. On recto is a small map of Goree Island, located just south of Dakar, Senegal. On a full sheet of Italian text measuring 14 x 19.5".
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.Coro-13a #186-187.
An excellent example on watermarked paper with marginal soiling.