"[Lot of 2] Carte de la Riviere de Gambra ou Gambie Depuis son Embouchure Jusqu’a Eropina [and] Carte du Cours de la Riviere de Gambra ou Gambie Depuis Eropina Jusqua Barrakonda", Leach, Capt. John
Subject: Africa - Western
Period: 1732 (dated)
Color: Black & White
12.7 x 7.8 inches
32.3 x 19.8 cm
A matching pair of copper engraved maps of the Gambia region between the coast and Barrakunda, Gambia that is based on the explorations of Leach. Each has a decorative rococo-style title cartouche, scale of miles and simple compass rose. The first map shows the course of the African river from its mouth to Eropina. The second continues from Eropina eastward to Barrakunda. Both show many place names, roads or trails, settlements and villages. The Royal Company of Africa had established English settlements along this river, which explains the amount of the detail provided on these charts. Trading rights to the region were purchased by England from Portugal in 1588. The independent republic of Gambia was formed in 1965. Engraved by Van Schley.
Fine impression on hand laid paper with full margins. Pleasant overall and even ivory toning.