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Auction 91, Lot 339


Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1663 (circa)

Publication: Grand Atlas

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm

Elegantly engraved map covering the coast from Sierra Leone to Gabon. The land is filed with elephants, lions, leopards and monkeys and the sea is decorated with sailing ships, sea monsters and two compass roses. The large title cartouche is flanked by two natives and topped by a very human-looking monkey. On the left of the title is a dedication cartouche to D. Nicolao Tulp, a famous Dutch doctor, and to the right two child-like sea creatures are carrying a large elephant tusk. Ref: Norwich #315. Beautiful old color and condition save for a short separation of fold in bottom margin.


Condition: A

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 6/14/2000