Gorgeous example of the rare first edition of Hugo Allard's map of Africa.
Rare, separately issued map of Africa.
Cartographically, this map is based on the 1660 map of Africa by Frederick De Wit. Along the lower edge are two vignettes. One depicts wild animals that are found on the continent including an elephant, rhinoceros, lions, and a monkey. The other shows African and Arab traders.
Hugo Allard (Allardt or Allaert) along with his son Carel, was an engraver and publisher working in Amsterdam during the mid to late 17th century. Engraved by Jan van den Velde.
Hugo (or Huych) Allard (or Allardt) (1627–1684) was a draughtsman, engraver, and painter during the Dutch Golden Age of cartography. Based in Tournai and Amsterdam, he was the founder of a prominent family of Dutch mapmakers, publishers, and print sellers. Allard set up his cartography business around 1645, and his first works were mostly reissues of earlier maps. Although not as prominent as the Blaeu family or Henricus Hondius and Jan Janssonius, Hugo Allard’s work, from about 1640 to 1680, is considered to be just as fine in quality. His output was relatively small, and his maps were mostly published as loose, separate issues, but they were well designed and finely engraved. After Allard’s death in 1691, he left his business to his son, Carel.