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Auction 118, Lot 855

"L'Afrique Divisee Suivant l'Estendue de ses Principales Parties…", Jaillot, Alexis-Hubert

Subject: Africa

Period: 1685 (published)


Color: Hand Color

35 x 22.5 inches
88.9 x 57.2 cm

This striking map is Jaillot's first of the continent and is a larger version of Sanson's earlier map. The source of the Nile is shown emanating from two lakes below the equator. A large section of South America is shown and two St. Helena islands appear - a common error in maps from this period. The large distance scale cartouche has six scales. The very large and decorative title cartouche includes a tumult of figures, cornucopias, elephant, crocodile, lion and ostrich under the coat of arms of the Dauphin. Two sheets joined, as issued, from the uncommon second edition.

References: Norwich #46, Tooley (AF) p.56, plt. #41.

Condition: A

One spot of foxing and a couple of smudges, otherwise fine.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 3/6/2007