1625 Hondius his Map of Guinea.
By: Jodocus Hondius (Joost de Hondt) Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone; In Purchas His Pilgrimes in Five Bookes, part 3, p. 715
Date: 1625 (Published) London
Dimensions: 5.7 x 7.08 inches (14.5 cm x 18 cm)
This lovely Hondius map of Guinea is from a book page headed “Chap. 14. Africa. The sixt Booke. 715,” and was originally from the Atlas Minor by Gerard Mercator and Johannes Janssonius of 1607. It displays the southern coast of West Africa from the area of Senegal to Nigeria at the Bight of Biafra. An inset shows an enlarged detail of the island of “I.S. Thomae” (St. Thomas). A marvelous sea creature embellishes the “Aethiopicus Oce.” The text, in English, describes European traders in the region, the reverence shown by locals to the King of Benin, and the goods obtained (“Gold, Graines, and Elephants teeth”). The reverse, page 716, is a text headed “Description of Benin and Guinea,” elaborating on the people and remarkable customs of the area.
Condition: Good condition.
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