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Auction 115, Lot 726

"L'Afrique, Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences et quelques autres & sur les Memoires les plus recens", Delisle/Schenk

Subject: Africa

Period: 1708 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 17.5 inches
57.2 x 44.5 cm

This striking map is one of the landmarks in the history of charting Africa. It was first issued by Delisle in 1700 and is distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. Most of the maps of Africa issued in the eighteenth century were based on this map or his revision in 1722. The Nile is correctly shown with its origins in Abyssinia. The Congo or River Zaire, R. du Saint Esprit and the Zambeze appear in the south, along with the Portuguese settlements of Sean, Tete and Chicora. Several native kingdoms are named, as well as the sites of various mining districts. The title cartouche is beautifully decorated with three elephants, an ostrich and a native wrestling a crocodile.

References: Norwich #59.

Condition: B

Sharp impression with original color. Bit of light scattered foxing in map with some damp stains in blank margins. The left blank margin has a vellum atlas tab attached on the verso.

Estimate: $600 - $800


Closed on 6/21/2006