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Auction 94, Lot 399

"Guinea", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1663 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Major

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15 inches
52.1 x 38.1 cm
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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.

References: Norwich #315; Goss (Grand Atlas) #63.

Condition: C

Original color is a bit faded and the paper is overall toned and a bit fragile. Couple of marginal tears, repaired with archival tape.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 3/7/2001