Antique Map Auction Sale No. 110 - closed 3/2/2005
This detailed map of the vicinity of the Cape of Good Hope was based on Nicolas Louis de la Caille's important map. De la Caille's scientific expedition to South Africa was a landmark in the history of science. His observations established the parallax of the sun and moon with Mars adjacent, and embarked upon the measurement of the arc of meridian - the southern point of which was the observatory in Cape Town, and the northern point Klipfontein. The map covers the region between Cape Point and St. Helena Bay. It is very detailed with numerous place names including the French settlement at Fransche Hoek.