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