Catalog Archive
Auction 183, Lot 516

"Guinea", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.4 x 15 inches
51.8 x 38.1 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This is one of the most graphic and beautiful maps covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon. The land is filed with animals and the sea is decorated with ships, sea monsters and compass roses. The large title cartouche features a native couple and four apes, one of which strongly resembles a human. To the left of the title, two child-like sea creatures carry a large elephant tusk, representing the flourishing ivory trade. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8700:1B.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color and wide margins with minor toning. Centerfold separations in top blank margin and another entering 2" into map image at bottom have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 6/9/2021