Guinea West coast Africa Slaves 1607 Hondius 1626 Purchas scarce miniature mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Africa- West coast- Gold- Slaves- Ivory- Benin- Lybia Kingdom interior- Guinea- Portuguese island of St. Thomae).
[Re]issued 1626, London for Purchase in his monumental and rare Relations of the World . [first appearance 1607, Amsterdam] -Cartography by J. Hondius.
Large inset lower left Isle St. Thomas. Title within strapwork cartouche, sea monster in Aetheopian Sea, German military muiles distance scale. Mysterious long river with huge lake runs across the top, within the desert area of Mali.
Charming and uncommon early 17th century antique copper engraved miniature map. Fascinating example of an early 17th century Dutch copper engraved map plate moving from Holland to London and being used by different publishers continuously over a 30+ year period). Variant text on reverse as always.
Map displays overall age toning and light damp staining, slight old burn spot within interior, less than perfect example but still nice looking and worthy of ownership. Right side margin has been reinforced on back with matching paper to strengthen and slightly extend (see scan of reverse of map). Longitude and latitude graduations surround the map.
Sheet measures c. 6 3/4"H x 8 1/4"W.
Printed area measures c. 5 3/4"H x 7 1/4"W.
Norwich, Maps of Africa , 316a.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 2, p, 364-6.
Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, vol. II, p. 319-46.
Shirley, Mapping of the World , 259 (noting the chronology of appearances the plate made: First in 1607-1621, Amsterdam, later 1624-39, London).