Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1693. unbound. Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 19.5 x 31"
This beautiful chart of the coast of Africa extends from Palmares (close to modern day Conakry in Guinea) to Fort Nassau in Ghana including parts of the Gold Coast, Pepper Coast or Grain Coast and the Ivory Coast. The map covers the coastline of modern day Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana. The chart offers incredible coastal detail and labels several towns, capes, bays, forts and rivers. Two beautiful compass roses are included. The map is in good condition with large margins. Minor wear along the centerfold with some offsetting and foxing at places. Original pressmark is visible. Two sheets joined at center, with horizontal fold.
Pierre Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch cartographer, engraver, and printseller who worked in Amsterdam. He used advanced Dutch printing methods to produce high quality editions of contemporary French maps by cartographers such as De L'Isle, Sanson, Jaillot, de Fer and De Wit. His greatest feat was the nautical atlas "Le Neptune Francois" or "Suite de Neptune Francois", considered to contain the most beautiful examples of cartographic art. Most of the charts from the atlas were based on earlier manuscripts by the Portuguese, who were the first explorers of the African coast. This chart is a beautiful example of one of those charts.