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untitled - West Africa

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A dramatic and distinctive early map of West Africa extending from Cape Verde to Isle de St. Thome and showing a visual depiction of the country, its animals, flora, fauna, physical features, the Portuguese fort at El Mina, native habitation and in the sea, monsters and sailing ships. The map was created by the leading Italian cartographer of the time Giacomo Gastaldi for Giovanni Baptist Ramusio's "Viaggi ..." - a detailed account of many recent voyages of exploration. The woodblock, whose design follows that of the period's most elaborate manuscript portulan-style charts, suffered in its later editions from termite damage, removing small areas of engraved detail. Despite this the map remains a desirable and fascinating record of the earliest stages of European knowledge of the region.
mapmaker: G. Ramusio
place and date of publication: Venice 1556 -
medium and colour: woodcut, uncoloured
size in mm: 275 by 370mm (10.75 by 14.5 inches).
ref: 43262

Price: £ 850

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