Auction 121, Lot 777

"A New Map of the North Part of Antient Africa Shewing the Chiefe People, Cities, Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c. in Mauritania, Numidia, Africa Propria, Libya Propria, and Egypt", Wells, Edward

Subject: Africa - Northern

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication: New Sett of Maps both Ancient and Present Geography

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.2 x 14.3 inches
48.8 x 36.3 cm

This is a most unusual and interesting map with an odd orientation; the northern coastline is shown top to bottom on the left side of the map, with the coast of Egypt and the course of the Nile shown on the right side with north oriented to top. Dividing the two maps is a very large title cartouche, with two odd-looking European surveyors, the coat of arms of the Duke of Gloucester, a lion, a crocodile and a cheetah.

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Condition: B

Lovely impression and attractive color. Bottom corner with tear into border of map, repaired with archival tissue. Some irregular foxing in the margin has encroached a little into the map.

Estimate: $230 - $300

Sold for: $240

Closed on 9/26/2007

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