Auction 91, Lot 327

"Africae Descriptio",

Subject: Africa

Period: 1607-21 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

Size:
7.7 x 5.9 inches
19.6 x 15 cm

A reduced version of Hondius' fine map of the continent. It is based on the Mercator model with revisions to the coastlines, particularly that of Madagascar. Hondius improved the Cape area by inserting Saldanha Bay and Cape Falco and discarded Cayneca. The map is finely engraved and decorated with strapwork title and distance scale cartouches, a sea monster, and a sea battle off the coast of C. Negro. Ref: Norwich #27a. Professionally backed with Japanese tissue, remargined in lower left corner and binding hole filled in margin.

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Condition: A

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $425

Closed on 6/14/2000

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