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HONDIUS, J. - Guinea and West Africa: Guinea nova Descriptio.

HONDIUS, J. - Guinea and West Africa:   Guinea nova Descriptio.
Guinea and West Africa: Guinea nova Descriptio. - HONDIUS, J.
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Title : Guinea and West Africa: Guinea nova Descriptio..
Map maker : HONDIUS, J..
Date : Amsterdam, (1606)1613.
Size : 13.6 x 19.4 inches. / 34.6 x 49.3 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :This is an early map of West Africa. It shows an area from the Senegal River and Cape Verde in the north to Cape Lopez below the Equator. There is a detailed inset map of Sao Thome in the bottom left.
The map contains considerable coastal detail reflecting Portuguese and later European exploration along the coast as well as up some of the river systems. The Portuguese fortress of El Mina is shown as is the African Kingdom of Benin. On the ocean are a European ship firing a cannon and an African canoe.

This map was engraved by Jodocus Hondius for his first edition of Gerard Mercator's atlas, Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae. It went through numerous editions to 1639-44. The map was re-engraved by Jansson for later editions of the atlas to c.1680.

This map is from a Latin edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas Sive Cosmographicae with a signature of "Hhhhhhh" and pages 328-329, indicating a date of 1613this map (v.d. Krogt).
Norwich, map # 316. Krogt, Peter van der, Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, vol. 1. 't Goy-Houten: HES Publishers,1997, p. 713.
Condition : Good Condition, with repairs on verso to centerfold. The map impression is strong and attractive.

ID: 91621

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