West Africa coast Guinea St. Thomas inset Benin 1610 Hondius folio sheet mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Guineae Nova Descriptio.
(Africa, West Africa, Guinea, Gambia, Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, Island of Saint Thomas, Sao Tome, Niger River).
Issued c. 1606-10, Amsterdam by Jodocus Hondius for his Mercator based series of folio sheet World Atlases released over 35+ years. [French text on verso, pp. 337-8].
Splendid and historically significant early 17th century antique folio-sheet map. Engraved with original hand color.
This map captures, just after the zenith point, the historical role Portugal played in the exploration and settlement of this African coastal region from Senegal to Cape Lopez (just below the equator). Includes portions of Benin & Lybia Kingdoms, the place names are all given in Portuguese.
Large tall mast sailing ship, bold strapwork cartouches for title, distance scale & inset map, fine florid calligraphic lettering and ocean. Scale of measurement given in Spanish Leagues & German miles.
Overall clean, well preserved and very attractive. A pleasing example, displaying light signs of age, pleasant uniform toning, a soft and subtle age patina, thin split due to "verdigras" in the strapwork cartouche above the inset of St. Thomas.
Original fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 21 1/4" x 18".
Engraved area measures c. 19 1/2" x 13 1/2".
Koeman, Atlantees Neerlandici, v. II, pp. 136-44; 446-58.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 3, p. 238.
Norwich, Maps of Africa, 316.
Tooley Landmarks of Mapmaking, p. 154 (large color fold-out with insightful historical commentary).
Rhyiner Collection of maps, Bern, Switzerland, online ref. library (their example with territorial hand coloring in outline).
Van der Kroogt, Atlantes Neerlandicic, 8700:1A.