Jacques Peeters (1637 – 1695) designed this map as an illustration for SebastianFernandez de Medrano’s book “Nueva Descripcion del Mundo”, first published in 1690. The vignette at the bottom lower left has the initials IP for Peeters, to indicate that he was the designer. The engraver was Jacob Harrewijn (AKA Harrewyn) and his signature appears in lower left corner of the map. The map has 4 sailing ships. It also has 3 tiny animals. In West Africa just below the “A” in Africa is a lion (see 6th image). In the last image there is an ostrich and a striped animal, probably a zebra. This is printed from a copper plate with outline hand colour (not old / contemporary). Harrewijn’s signature is partially hidden by paint, but just discernible. In the 3rd image you can see the Island of St Helena, but also “New St Helena” written as N. S Helena, which never existed but was depicted in many maps around this time. The printed area of the map is 15.5 x 18.5cm in size and there is a good margin size to allow framing of the map. 2 further states were produced. New copper plates were cut sometime before 1709 for a publication in Spain of Van Aafferden’s “El Atlas Abreviado” and, although very similar to the 1st state, it can be dsitinguished by the removal of Harrewijn’s signature and Peeter’s initials. 113 engraved top right and was often printed with a Spanish title. The 3rd state has a larger vignette and does not have the ships or animals. It also doesn’t have the fictitious N. The 3rd set of copper plates were prepared for a new edition of “El Atlas Abreviado” in 1739 and again in 1755 by Jean Certe. The item “1st state de Medrano-Peeters antique, small map of Africa published 1690-1725″ is in sale since Saturday, February 8, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps”. The seller is “d.h.boys” and is located in Penrith. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Year: 1690
- Format: Atlas Map
- Cartographer/Publisher: Jacques Peeters
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Date Range: 1600-1699
- Printing Technique: Copper Plate