"D'Eilanden van Capo Verde, de Kust en't Landt der Negeren...", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Western Africa, Cape Verde Islands
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving…
Color: Hand Color
11.2 x 7.8 inches
28.4 x 19.8 cm
This is an attractive map of the important Cape Verde Islands and the opposite African coast from Cap Blanc to Sierra Leone. There is a lot of detail along the African coastline, with numerous cities, capes, rivers, and more identified. A fancy decorative title cartouche adorns the bottom of the map.
Sanson's small maps from his L'Asie en Plusieurs Cartes..., first published in 1652 and engraved by A. Peyrounin, were copied several times by various map publishers. Johann David Zunners made copies of Sanson's maps for his German translation of Die Gantze Erd-Kugel in 1679. Johannes Ribbius and Simon de Vries published copies in 1682 and 1683, with new maps engraved by Antoine d'Winter. The plates were later sold to Francois Halma, who used them in 1699 and then again in 1705 with the titles re-engraved in Dutch. The titles on the d'Winter plates were re-engraved back into French, and then used by Nicholas Chemereau in 1715 and by Henri du Sauzet in 1738.
A dark impression on a bright sheet with a jester watermark, light printer's ink residue, and extraneous creasing along the centerfold.