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RAMUSIO, G. B. - [West Africa]

RAMUSIO, G. B. - [West Africa]
[West Africa] - RAMUSIO, G. B.
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Title : [West Africa].
Map maker : RAMUSIO, G. B..
Date : Venice, 1556.
Size : 10.6 x 15.0 inches. / 27.0 x 38.1 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Rare first edition. West Africa, from the Tropic of Cancer south to St Thomas. The interior is filled with lions, elephants, monkeys and camels, with a fenced native village. On the Gold Coast is 'Castel de la Mina', the Portuguese slave fort of Elmina, founded 1482 and now the oldest European building south of the Sahara. It was here that slaves were collected to be sent to Brazil's plantations.
This example was printed from the first block.
From : Ramusio Delle Navigationi Et Viaggi …, Venice, 1556, vol. 3. The second block can be identified by the presence of weeping willow trees, for example along the left hand border.
Published by Ramusio to accompany the first printed report of Verazzano’s voyage of 1524, drawing the area directly from Verazzano’s reports of the promising harbor he discovered. Surprisingly, Verazzano’s reports were ignored by most cartographers of the day and, even though Gastaldi’s map was readily available, New York Harbor would not be sought out again for eighty five years. ¤

Condition : Wood block print in good condition. Small margins and some spotting.

ID: 34461

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