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3646Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1620
Scarce antique print of fantastical lobsters attacking a shipwrecked crew at Ludia
$200.00AnonymousScarce-antique-print-of-fantastical-lobsters-attacking-a-shipwrecked-crew-at-LudiaAntique copper engraved plate of fantastical crustaceans attacking a shipwrecked crew in the shallows. After van Linschoten's account of the grounding of the ship St. Jacques in 1568 off the island of Ludia near Cabo Correntes in Mozambique, Africa. Ca. 1620. Engraved by P.K. <br></br> Cape Correntes was regarded by early Portugese mariners as one of the most terrifying obstacles facing sailing ships in the Indian Ocean. It is named after the exceptionally fast southward current that passes here. It is also a confluence point of winds, with the capacity to produce violent gusts. Guinote estimated that 30% of the ships lost in the yearly Portuguese India Armadas in the 16th and 17th centuries capsized around Cape Correntes, more than any other location. (Online:
558Coming Soon!Detailsde Wit, Frederick1680
Tractus Littorales Guineae
de Wit, Frederick
$1,100.00de-Wit--FrederickTractus-Littorales-GuineaeBeautiful antique sea chart of north-west Africa. 1680. This chart was created by Frederick de Wit (1630-1706) a Dutch cartographer residing at the time in Amsterdam. A large cartouche at the top shows what is apparently a slave market with captive Africans bound kneeling as strange lizards roam the foreground. <br></br> The chart is decorated with images of sailing vesels and with numerous rhumb lines. Coverage extends from Cabo Blanco past cape Verde to the Congo River and beyond.
582Coming Soon!DetailsHomann Heirs1743
Guinea propia
Homann Heirs
$350.00Homann-HeirsGuinea-propiaDecorative antique map of the West Coast of Africa from 1743 with several regions denoted by outline/wash coloring: Sahara, Ethiopia, Guinea. Map is marked with names of sub-regions, tribal kingdoms, and numerous notations in Latin. Large decorative cartouche at left of map focuses on the daily life of indigenous tribesmen and elephant tusks. <br></br> Published by the firm Homann Heirs. Homann Heirs (also "Homannianis Heredibus" or "Homann Erben" or "Heritiers de Homann") was a company established after the death of German cartographer J.B. Homann to carry on the publishing business of the firm he started in the early 1700's. The designation "Homann Heirs" appears on maps published by that successor firm from about 1730 to 1848.
165Coming Soon!DetailsBellin, Jacques Nicolas1759
Carte de la Coste Occidentale d'Afrique
Bellin, Jacques Nicolas
$110.00Bellin--Jacques-NicolasCarte-de-la-Coste-Occidentale-d-AfriqueSmall chart of the African coast near the bay of Arguim (Arguin) from the Dutch version of Prevost's widely published history originally engraved by Bellin. This copperplate, engraved by J.V. Schley., shows the African coast with both French and Dutch place names. Highlights the island of Arguim which was the site of an important Portugese trading post / slave fort from which as many as 1000 slaves may have been sold each year.
193Coming Soon!DetailsVarelay Ulloa, Joseph1787
Carta Esferica de la Costa de Africa
Varelay Ulloa, Joseph
$600.00Varelay-Ulloa--JosephCarta-Esferica-de-la-Costa-de-AfricaThis rare, engraved antique nautical chart of the Northwest coast of Africa was published as part of the first scientific Spanish sea atlas: 'Atlas Maritimo de España' (Maritime Atlas of Spain) by the Dirección de Hidrografía, Spain's equivalent to the U.S. Coast Survey. The antique chart was authored by Spanish naval Captain Don Joseph Varelay Ulloa (ca. 1743-1794) who made several hydrographic surveys of the coast of Africa. With manuscript pencil plots from 1808 centered on Madeira. <BR> </BR> Coverage from Cape St. Vincent past the Strait of Gibraltar to Cape Bojador in the south including the Canary Islands. Inset with 20 detailed coastal profile views.
1165Coming Soon!DetailsWilhelm, Gottlieb Tobias1804
Group of antique engravings related to slavery.
Wilhelm, Gottlieb Tobias
$250.00Wilhelm--Gottlieb-TobiasGroup-of-antique-engravings-related-to-slavery-A group of three pages containing five hand-colored copper-plate engravings of scenes related to African slaving and slavery. </br> <div> <ul style="margin:2em; list-style-type: circle; line-height: 1.2em;"> <li>Three general-arrangment plans define the three-dimensional distribution of slaves packed in the hold of a slave ship; and vignette of a woman slave in chains working on a coffee plantation with her small children, while behind her another slave is whipped while tied hoizontally to a grating. </li> <li>Two scenes illustrating that Africans were not only slaves but were often complicit in conducting slave raids against other tribes. Black men are shown carrying rifles and assisting in the restraint of naked captives.</li> <li>Scene showing armed and uniformed Caucasisan men rounding up a fugitive slave.</li> </ul> </div> From G. T. Wilhelm's Encyclopedia of Natural History: Mankind. Augsburg, 1804. Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelm (1758-1811) was a Bavarian clergyman and naturalist known as the German Buffon.
803Coming Soon!DetailsRobiquet, Aime1858
Coast of West Africa
Robiquet, Aime
$400.00Robiquet--AimeCoast-of-West-AfricaLarge antique steel plate engraved nautical chart of the West coast of Africa from Cape Verga south and west to Cape Ledo. Includes the small offshore islands of Fernando Po, São Tomé , and Principe or "Isle du Prince". Streches of coastline are named after the primary resource exported from the area and include the Gold Coast or "Côte d'Or"; the Ivory Coast or "Côte d'Ivoire"; and the "Côte de Calebar". <br></br> At bottom right seven detailed inset harbor plans include: Edina et Grand Bassa, Monrovia et Cape Mesurado, Plan de la Entrée de Sierra Leone, Baie de l'Ouest, Entrée de Vieux Calebar, Cap des Palmes, and Plan du Bassin Exterieur du Gabon. Contains numerous soundings and arrows indicating the primary direction of the current. Relative current strength is indicated by the number of feathers drawn on each arrow. <br></br> This antique chart was separately published by French hydrographer and publisher Aime Robiquet. Robiquet is best known as publisher of the "Atlas Hydrographique", a nautical atlas comprised of 75 large charts published from Paris between 1856 and 1861. This chart carries the imprint of Robiquet's oval-shaped blindstamp at the bottom right margin. Number 36.
772Coming Soon!DetailsDireccion Hidrografia1939
Spanish sea chart of West Africa
Direccion Hidrografia
$325.00Direccion-HidrografiaSpanish-sea-chart-of-West-AfricaLarge hydrographic chart of western Africa by Spain's Hydrographic Office, the Direccion de Hidrografia. This chart was originally engraved in 1855 by Serra and updated several times after that; the latest corrections date from 1939. Coverage extends from the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe in the south up as far north as the Strait of Gibraltar and includes the Canary Islands ( Islas Canaria ) and Cape Verde Islands ( Islas de Cabo Verde ). <br></br> A later edition of one of four sheets published in Madrid in 1855, that could be joined to cover the entire mid Atlantic Ocean from the Americas to Europe and Africa. Number 212.