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Antique maps > africa > Antique map of West Africa - Guinea by Allard C.
One of the most beautiful products of the Dutch engraver's art from the years around 1600
Effigies Ampli Regni Auriferi Guineae in Africa ... - Allard C., 1695. - VERY RARE.
Very rare map of West Africa and Guinea by Luis Teixeira, engraved by Baptista van Doeticum and published by Carolus Allard.
Size: 46 x 60cm (18 x 24 inches)
Condition: Old coloured, slightly age-toned and a few stains, nice copy.
References: Schilder 7, pp. 297-301, 12.5 third state - no copy known of the first state..
From: Separate publication
"The map's title appears in a large scrollwork cartouche in the interior of Benin. Its Latin text indicates the limits of the region depicted and the sources on which the map is based, and refers to Pieter de Maree's report: 'Depiction of the expansive and gold-rich kingdom of Guinea in Africa, which stretches from the Atlantic islands popurarly called the Cape Verde Islands to the river in Benin (on which the great and royal city of Benin lies), and from there to the foothills of Lopez Gonsalvez, drawn by S. Rovelasco and executed in fine line by Ludovicus Texera (Luis Texeira), chief cosmographer to the King of Spain. A book with an extensive depiction of these regions was published in the same year by P.D.M. (= Pieter de Marees)'.
The upper right portion of the map is dominated by two scenes of native people. The one of the left shows people dancing. The right-hand scene shows how the nobility of the Benin court normally travel.
The entire artistic composition and execution make this map one of the most beautiful products of the Dutch engraver's art from the years around 1600.
Luis Texeira's map of West Africa influenced other seventeenth-century maps, particularly the map of Guinea included in Hondius's 1606 Amsterdam edition of Mercator's atlas, where the depiction of the coast and the rivers closely agrees with Teiceira's." (Schilder)
Item number: 20797
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