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Guineae Nova Descriptio

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Guineae Nova Descriptio : J. Hondius

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An interesting and very decorative map of the coast of West Africa from Senegal to Cape Lopez, including Guinea with parts of Benin and present-day Nigeria. Inset is a detailed map of the island of St. Thomas. Jodocus Hondius continued publication of Gerhard Mercator's "Atlas" project from 1606 when he engraved new, and republished earlier, maps by the great cartographer. The series formed the basis for one of the major atlas projects of the century with maps republished by Jan Jansson and other Dutch publishers over 50 years later. This map is from a French text edition. The title appears in a decorative surround at bottom centre, a mileage scale is given at bottom right and the sea areas, engraved to give a silky "moire" effect display both native and European sailing craft.
mapmaker: J. Hondius  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam 1606-1633
medium and colour: copperplate, original colour
size in mm: 355 by 500mm (14 by 19.75 inches).
ref: 42588
literature: Koeman/Van Der Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, I, [8380:1A.1].

Price: £ 500

 
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