Auction 117, Lot 797

"Afrique", Levasseur, Victor

Subject: Africa

Period: 1845 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Universel Illustre

Color: Hand Color

17 x 11.3 inches
43.2 x 28.7 cm

A decorative 19th century map of the continent colored to show 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 connection from the Nile back to a mysterious snowy mountain range in Central Africa in 1888, dubbing the mountains Ruwenzori and proclaiming them the Nile source that Ptolemy described. The map is surrounded by steel-engraved scenes including the pyramids, wild animals, natives, the French army in Algeria and vignettes of Alexandria, Cairo, and Algiers.


Condition: A

Original outline color with full, later color in the surrounding vignettes. Even toning, pinholes in blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $160

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/6/2006