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Auction 99, Lot 491

"Bocche del Fiume Negro et Isole di Capo Verde", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria

Subject: Africa - Western

Period: 1692 (circa)

Publication: Corso Geografico Universale

Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 17.8 inches
60.5 x 45.2 cm

This is a splendid map of the northwestern coast of Africa and the Cape Verde Islands. The map provides details of the various Portuguese discoveries in the region in the late 15th century. The Portuguese maintained a trade monopoly in Africa until the middle of the 16th century when it was challenged by the other European powers. Inset at top, in a wreath-style cartouche, is a plan of the island of Goree, the first and for most of the 17th century the most important slave depot in West Africa. At bottom is a large title cartouche with putti and a coat of arms.


Condition: A+

Small bottom margin as issued, else very fine.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $850

Closed on 6/12/2002