Catalog Archive
Auction 107, Lot 510

"L'Afrique Dressee pour l'etude de la Geographie", Janvier/Desnos

Subject: Africa

Period: 1762 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Moderne

Color: Hand Color

17.5 x 12 inches
44.5 x 30.5 cm
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This early example is on a full folio sheet with paste-down text panels at side, all surrounded by a most decorative rococo-style border. The interior of the map contains modest geographical information, as is typical of the period. Large rivers and several lakes are shown. The Nile appears to rise from two small lakes, located in the Mts. de la Lune above the equator. In the south there is a minimum of place names and a few tribal names. A complicated printing technique was used that required two impressions, once for the border and a second time for the map image. The separately printed text panels were than pasted down. This folio map contains the same map as Desnos' later editions, but in a larger and more decorative format.


Condition: A

Very good impression and original coloring on thick hand laid paper with full margins. Map image with just a hint of toning. Some marginal toning or soiling.

Estimate: $275 - $325


Closed on 6/9/2004