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Auction 177, Lot 734


"Description des Quadrupedes, Oiseaux & Reptiles les Plus Curieux qui se Trouvent dans la Guinee Dessinez sur les Lieux d'Apres le Naturel", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Prints - Animal; West Africa

Period: 1720 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Historique

Color: Black & White

16.9 x 14.4 inches
42.9 x 36.6 cm
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This decorative sheet highlights the wildlife found in and around the Dutch colonies in West Africa. It illustrates 24 species, including various quadrupeds, lizards, birds, a snake, and a scorpion. A vignette at left depicts Dutch colonists firing upon an elephant around Elmira Castle in present-day Ghana. At right another vignette shows natives hunting wild boar outside Fida, a slave trading post in present-day Benin. The illustrations are surrounded by French text.


Condition: A

A fine impression on a sheet with a Strasbourg bend and lily watermark. There is a centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $12

Closed on 4/29/2020