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Lot#       Title   Subject/Creator   Date/Cond   Sold for:    
695 'T Eilandt van Madagascar of van St. Laurens... Madagascar
Nicolas Sanson
1705
A+
  $150.00
Closed
   

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Finely engraved, decorative map of Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique. Great detail of the surrounding islands and navigation hazards in the Gulf of Mozambique. The map is ornamented with an attractive title cartouche. Published in Francois Halma's Dutch edition of A. Pherotee de la Croix's Nouvelle Methode Pour Apprendre facilement la Geographie Universelle.

Sanson's small ...
696 Isle de Madagascar Autrement Isle de St. Laurent Madagascar
Bellin/Van Schley
1747
A
  $110.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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This is an uncommon Dutch edition of Bellin's map of Madagascar, with good detail of the mountainous topography, rivers, sand bars, and harbors. The note at bottom right explains that the southeastern portion of the island, between the Antavare and Mandreray Rivers, requires a level of detail that could not be included on this map, but is available on a map by Sr. de Flecourt published in ...
697 Africae Tabula Nova Africa
Abraham Ortelius
1570
A
  $1,100.00 *Available for Purchase*    
Ortelius' Cornerstone Map of Africa

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This striking map is one of the cornerstone maps of Africa and remained the standard map of Africa well into the seventeenth century. It was designed by Ortelius from elements of contemporary maps by Gastaldi, Mercator, and Forlani and used several recent sources: Ramusio in Navigationi et Viaggi (1550), Joao de Barros in Decadas da Asia (1552), and Leo Africanus in Histor...
698 Africae Nova Tabula Africa
Henricus Hondius
1631
B+
  $800.00
Closed
   

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This richly ornamented map of the continent is Henricus Hondius' issue of Jodocus Hondius' map, but without the decorative borders that were masked in order to fit the map into an atlas format. The geography is largely speculative and follows Blaeu's map of 1617 with the Cuama River originating in the mountains rather than in the Sachaf Lake below the Mountains of the Moon (Lunae Montes...
699 Africae Nova Descriptio Africa
Willem Blaeu
1647
B+
  $2,000.00
Closed
   
Blaeu's Carte-a-Figures Map of Africa with Rare Blank Verso

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This is one of the most decorative seventeenth century maps of the African continent and a superb example of the Dutch carte-a-figures style. The map is surrounded on three sides with vignettes of native peoples and nine principal cities. The Nile is shown according to Ptolemy with its sources arising in the lakes Zaire and Zaflan, the fictitious Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries...
700 Afrique Africa
N. Sanson/Mariette
1650
B+
  $325.00
Closed
   

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This is a handsome example of Nicolas Sanson's style. Though not as ornate as his Dutch competitors, Sanson was esteemed for his geographic clarity and delicacy of engraving. This is one of several maps of the continent prepared by the important French cartographer. Part of a series of maps showing the ancient world, it depicts Africa as it was understood prior to European exploration of the co...
701 Afrique Africa
Victor Levasseur
1850
A
  $80.00
Closed
   

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This decorative 19th century map of the continent shows the colonial possessions and major tribal kingdoms. The interior is mostly void of detail, with the exception of the mythical Monts de la Lune, or Mountains of the Moon in the center of the continent. These legendary mountains were long thought to be the source for the Nile, dating back to Ptolemy. Stanley traced a fluvial connectio...
702 [Lot of 4] Abissinorum Regnu [and] Barbaria... [and] Marocchi Regnum [and] Guinea Northern & Central Africa
Mercator/Hondius
1635
A
  $150.00
Closed
   

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This matching set of maps comes from the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. After acquiring the plates to the 1607 edition of the Mercator/Hondius Atlas Minor, Sparke republished the maps with text translated into English by Wye Saltonstall. Sparke also had 4...
703 Secunda Africae Tabula Northern Africa
Ptolemy
1490
B+
  $1,400.00 *Available for Purchase*    
Rare, Early Ptolemaic Map of Northern Africa and the Mediterranean

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This is an extremely early, and rare engraving of the region of Tunisia with parts of Libya and Algeria, extending north to include Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and the island of Corfu (Cercyra). The map is beautifully engraved with stippled seas and exaggerated mountain ranges. This map first appeared in the 1478 edition of Ptolemy's Geographia, which was compiled by Jacobus Ang...
704 Afr: II Tab: Northern Africa
Ptolemy/Mercator
1578
B+
  $200.00
Closed
   
Rare First Edition

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Decorative Ptolemaic map of Northern Africa with the southern part of Sardinia and Sicily and Malta. The sea is stipple engraved and contains two very fanciful sea monsters. At the lower border are a lion and a leopard. A decorative title cartouche completes the composition. This example was published in the very first edition of Mercator's interpretation of Ptolemy's great Geography. This is...
705 Afr: III Tab Northern Africa
Ptolemy/Mercator
1578
B+
  $300.00
Closed
   
Rare First Edition

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Great Ptolemaic map of eastern Libya and Egypt with numerous ancient place names, particularly along the course of the Nile. The interior is filled with fanciful animals and monsters including a superb dragon. This example was published in the very first edition of Mercator's interpretation of Ptolemy's great Geography. This is also the first state of this map, with the original cartouche at lo...
706 Africae Propriae Tabula, in qua, Punica Regna Vides; Tyrios, et Agenoris Urbem Northern Africa
Abraham Ortelius
1590
B
  $200.00
Closed
   

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Very decorative map of the coastline covering present-day Tunisia and Libya based on Gastaldi's great map of Africa and the ancient texts of Diodorus, Siculus, Plinius, Virgilius, Appianus, Halicarnasseus, Athenaeus and Herodotus. The map extends to include Sicily and Malta. The map includes a fabulous strapwork title cartouche and a large cartouche at bottom containing text and an inset plan of...
707 Aegypti Recentior Descriptio [on sheet with] Carthaginis Celeberrimi Sinus Typus Northern Africa
Abraham Ortelius
1612
A
  $120.00
Closed
   

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This is Ortelius' sheet including maps of modern Egypt and Tunis. The sheet has been trimmed, removing the third map on the engraved plate, Natoliae. Alexandria, Cairo, the Pyramids and the Carthage aqueducts appear on the two maps. The map of Carthage also features a variety of ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

See also lot 807 for a reference work on cartographers who worked for ...
708 Barbaria Northern Africa
Mercator/Hondius
1628
B+
  $90.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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This sheet contains three maps of northern Africa. The upper map shows all of northern Africa with the majority of the Mediterranean. At bottom left is a map of ancient Carthage (now a suburb of Tunis). The map at bottom right depicts the Nile River delta. The sheet is embellished with four strapwork cartouches and a large sailing ship. French text on verso, published in either the 1628 or 16...
709 Singularitez Curieuses des Royaumes de Maroc et de Fez dans la Barbarie... Northern Africa
Henry Abraham Chatelain
1720
A
  $80.00
Closed
   

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Very decorative sheet with illustrated views of the people and customs of the Barbary Coast as well as a small map (6.5 x 4.3") of the region entitled La Barbarie. The text in the center of the sheet describes the Kingdoms of Morocco and Fez and their resident's habits in dress, marriage and burials. The punishment of a criminal is depicted in the top right view.
710 Neue Geographische Vorstellung der Mitternaechtlichen Kuste von Africa' Northern Africa
Andreas Reinhardt
1740
B+
  $120.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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This lovely map of north Africa extends from the Strait of Gibraltar to Libya, and includes the southern tip of Spain and Sicily. Inland detail is limited to rivers, lakes, mountain ranges, and a few place names. A flaming Mt. Etna is depicted in Sicily. The map is adorned with a rococo-style title cartouche.
711 Fessae, et Marocci Regna Northwestern Africa
Ortelius/Vrients
1601
B+
  $50.00
Closed
   

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This miniature map is oriented with north to the right and depicts the kingdoms of Fez and Morocco. Adorned with a strapwork cartouche. Latin text on verso.

This map was published in Filips Galle's series of Epitome, which first appeared in 1588. Galle was unimpressed with the maps in the Spieghel der Wereld, and therefore gradually replaced nearly all of them through the...
712 Fessae et Marocchi Regna Northwestern Africa
Mercator/Hondius
1630
A
  $250.00
Closed
   

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This is one of the most decorative maps of the important kingdoms of Fez and Morocco. A large inset titled Penon de Velez shows the Spanish fort off the Barbary Coast. The map extends into the Atlantic to include the Canary Islands and Madeira. It is richly engraved and embellished with three strapwork cartouches and the sea is filled with ships and a sea monster. This is the first of t...
713 Aegyptus Egypt
Ortelius/Vrients
1601
B+
  $75.00
Closed
   

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Miniature map showing the Nile valley in great detail with numerous place names, centered approximately on Cairo. Latin text on verso.

This map was published in Filips Galle's series of Epitome, which first appeared in 1588. Galle was unimpressed with the maps in the Spieghel der Wereld, and therefore gradually replaced nearly all of them through the various editions of hi...
714 Aegyptus Antiqua. Terra Suis Contenta Bonis, non Indiga Mercis aut Iouis, in Solo Tanta est Fiducia Nilo Egypt
Abraham Ortelius
1601
A
  $650.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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This handsome map is based on Ortelius' previous two-sheet map of Ancient Egypt with the cartographic sources of Diodor, Herodotos, Strabo and Plinius. The map is oriented with north to the right and provides an excellent view of the Nile River valley. An inset of Alexandria and its surroundings is depicted at top. The map is adorned with a large strapwork title cartouche and ships sailing in t...
715 Aegyptus Egypt
Mercator/Hondius
1635
A
  $70.00
Closed
   
NO RESERVE

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Attractive miniature map of the Nile valley. Hundreds of place names and the pyramids are located. Nicely decorated with strapwork title and distance scale cartouches. Black verso.

This map comes from the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. After acquiring...
716 Wahrhafft Abcontrafehtung der Mechtigen und Vesten Statt Alkair Cairo, Egypt
Sebastian Munster
1578
B+
  $120.00
Closed
   

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This early, 16th century woodblock city plan of Cairo has amazing detail of the buildings, gardens, temples, palaces, farms and markets. The Nile is shown with fishing boats, irrigation systems and even crocodiles. The pyramids are also depicted. German text and title Die Statt Alkair on verso.
717 Description de la Ville d'Alexandrie et des Antiquites Remarquables qu' on y Voit Alexandria, Egypt
Henry Abraham Chatelain
1719
B+
  $65.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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This interesting sheet contains a view of the port city of Alexandria at top with smaller views showing the ruins of Cleopatra's Palace, an obelisk, and an interior view of a tower. The views are surrounded by French text describing the city and its antiquities.
718 Tractus Littorales Guineae a Promontorio Verde Usque ad Sinum Catenbelae Western Africa
Frederick de Wit
1680
B+
  $350.00
Closed
   

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This sea chart of the Coast of Guinea, a later issue of an original by Frederick de Wit, extends from modern-day Mauritania to Angola. To the north, the chart begins just beyond Cape Verde, includes the Gold, Ivory, and Grain Coasts, and continues to Catenbela Bay in the south. Three ships are shown in the sea below the coast, as well as two compass roses with rhumb lines. The cartouche is deco...
719 D'Eilanden van Capo Verde, de Kust en 't Landt der Negeren. Ontrent Capo Verde Western Africa, Cape Verde Islands
Nicolas Sanson
1705
A
  $100.00
Closed
   

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This is an attractive map of the important Cape Verde Islands and the opposite African coast from Cap Blanc to Sierra Leone. There is a lot of detail along the African coastline, with numerous cities, capes, rivers, and more identified. A fancy decorative title cartouche adorns the bottom of the map. Published in Francois Halma's Dutch edition of A. Pherotee de la Croix's Nouvelle Methode P...
720 Vue & Description de la Ville de Lovango dans le Royaume de Congo... Western Africa
Henry Abraham Chatelain
1720
A
  $75.00
Closed
   

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This folio sheet contains a large view of the fabled city of Lovango at top and 10 vignettes of the people and ceremonies of the kingdom of Congo with French text descriptions.
721 Presbiteri Iohannis sive Abissinorum Imperium Central Africa
Ortelius/Vrients
1601
B+
  $90.00
Closed
   

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Miniature map showing the domain of the legendary Christian king, Prester John. The map is dominated by the Nile River, which is shown emanating from twin lakes south of the equator. Latin text on verso.

This map was published in Filips Galle's series of Epitome, which first appeared in 1588. Galle was unimpressed with the maps in the Spieghel der Wereld, and therefore gr...
722 Abissinorum sive Pretiosi Ioannis Imperiu Central Africa
Mercator/Hondius
1623
A
  $400.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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The legendary kingdom of the Christian Prester John is the central focus of this impressive map of central Africa. It is cartographically similar to Ortelius' map, based on the travels of the Portuguese explorer, Francisco Alveres, who searched for the mythical kingdom in 1520. The kingdom itself is shown atop the Amara Mons in the region that Alveres encountered the Coptic Christian rule...
723 Aethiopia Superior vel Interior; Vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium Central Africa
Johannes Blaeu
1638
A
  $475.00
Closed
   

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Decorative map of eastern and central Africa depicting the legendary Christian kingdom of Prester John. Prester John was considered the good king who defeated the enemies of Christianity and was in part a response to Mongol and Islamic pressures on Christian Europe. The myth first located Prester John's kingdom in Asia, but it was later moved to Africa when explorers failed to find the kingdom i...
724 Map of the Routes in Eastern Africa Between Zanzibar, the Great Lakes and the Nile Explored and Surveyed by Captn. J.H. Speke Central Africa
Royal Geographical Society
1864
B
  $150.00
Closed
   

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This detailed map covers the expeditions of Captain J.H. Speke into the interior of Central Africa. Speke's first expedition (1857-59), color-coded in green, took him to Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria, where he was the first reported European to visit both locations. Due to illness and hardship, Speke had to return prior to finding the source of the Nile. Speke's second journey (color-coded ...
725 Carte du Congo et du Pays des Cafres Southern Africa, Madagascar
Delisle/Covens & Mortier
1730
A
  $250.00 *Available for Purchase*    

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This is the Covens and Mortier edition of this meticulously detailed map. It is emblematic of all Delisle's works, distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. His work was the basis of most African maps made in the 18th century. The map covers Africa south of the Equator and includes Madagascar and several islands in the Indian Ocean. It is filled with information concerning Europ...


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