6162 - 6317 FINE ARTS - FOREIGN TOPOGRAPHY. MAPS, PLANS and VIEWS
- Part of one of the mounted strips of paper (see below) torn off and lacking; sm. tear in lower blank margin. A fine copy.
= Tooley p.97; Betz 165, variant A and illustrating this copy: "A variant of this map is known with the addition of two strips, pasted on to the bottom margin, that identify the locations of various religions in Africa using a color code. This variant is not dated but may have been prepared as late as c.1702." This map is modelled after Frederik de Wit's map of Africa of ±1670 but with a completely different vignette.
- Formerly folded as published; the folds neatly flattened and w. small, careful restorations on intersections of folds; partly remargined.
= Splendid charts with a wealth of detail, in the oceans as well as on the land, showing elephants, lions, snakes and mythical creatures and people. Latin titles: "Typus orarum maritimarum Guineae, Manicongo, & Angôlae ultra promontorium Bonae spei usque (...)." "Delineatio Orarum maritimarum, Terrae vulgo indigetatae Terra do Natal, item Sofalae, Mozambicae, & Melindae (...)." Tooley, Collectors' Guide Africa p.67. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXIII.
- Split on central fold (reattached, but may be improved); vaguely creased and a few tears in blank margins.
= Betz 87.2. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXIII.
- Browned; lower right corner num. small closed tears and strengthened on verso; a few dam. spots at crossings of old folds strengthened on verso; borders occas. chipped (touching image) and strengthened on verso w. paper; a few false folds.
= Betz 60.5, fifth state of 5, without the lower border and without date (lower cartouche empty). Despite its condition, an attractive map w. six sm. oval bird's eye views of African cities in top border (Alcair, Alexandria, Alger, Tunis, Tanger and Ceuta), and in left and right borders each 5 different African costumed figures. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXIV.
- Small tear in lower margin, just touching the border.
- Doubled; closed tears; a few foxed spots.
- Closed dam. in centre and a few closed holes on central vertical fold; frayed edges strengthened on verso.
= Re-issue of Nicolaas Visscher's map publ. by his widow in 1710. Cf. Koeman III, 184 (254); Tooley, Collectors' Guide Maps African Continent p.120 (not mentioning any re-issue): "Its main interest is the large inset of the Cape which is of considerable historic value, giving the various Dutch settlements of the time with the names of the proprietors."
- Sl. browned; tear in left margin repaired w. tape on verso (shining through); sm. hole in lower left corner; folded; mounted under passepartout.
= Koeman IV, M. Wit 1 (18). Rare.
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= Attractive map, showing the fabled country of Prester John as well as various uncharted parts of Africa between the Mediterranean and Mozambique. Van den Broecke 175. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXIV.
- A few vertical folds; trifle soiled to the left in lower blank margin.
- Some small rubbed areas; sm. stain in right margin just affecting image; sm. closed hole just below caption.
= F.M. 6094.
- Formerly folded and strengthened/ restored along former folds; some other restored spots/ sm. tears; one small portion of corner lacking (affecting border).
= Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXV.
- Sl. yellowed along middle fold; trifle fingersoiled; a few sm. tears in blank margins
= The cartouche showing a crocodile and native Americans.
- Sm. suet(?) stain in area between Greenland and Ireland; sl. overall duststaining.
= Very decorative map, an edition still showing the "Mer de l'Ouest", the mythical Sea of the West thought to lie in the northwest of North America, an idea particularly disseminated by De L'Isle and his partner Philippe Buache. The first edition of this map, of 1722, still shows a blank area north of California. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXV.
- Browned; middle fold split at ends (running into image); the head of one of the women in the scale bar cartouche almost completely rubbed/ scratched away.
= Koeman III, p.179 (94*). The 2nd state, with the privilege (given to Nicolaes Visscher II in 1682). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXVI.
- Yellowed and sl. foxed; sm. repaired tear in centre of image and at foot of middle fold.
= Nice map based on G. De L'Isle's important map of Mexico and Florida. The vignette showing gold mining operations and exchanges between Europeans and indigenous people. Dutch ships are involved in a sea battle. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXVI.