Auction 122, Lot 784

"Nouvelle Carte Illustree de l'Afrique", Vuillemin, Alexander A.

Subject: Africa

Period: 1860 (dated)

Publication: Geographie Commerciale et Industrielle

Color: Hand Color

33 x 23.5 inches
83.8 x 59.7 cm

Exquisite and scarce large-scale map flanked by eighteen meticulously engraved vignettes of people, animals, plants and scenes representing the commerce and industry in the regions. The map shows impressive detail of caravan routes, colonial possessions, mines, forts and known topography. The Monts de la Lune, or the Mountains of the Moon are shown. These fabled and mysterious mountains are the Ruwenzori mountain range, that feed the sources of the Nile with their unusual equatorial snows.


Condition: B

Nice original outline color. There are some damp stains at the top and bottom, just shy of the border, and reinforced with tissue. A few light spots of foxing in the map, but it is overall very good.

Estimate: $450 - $500


Closed on 12/5/2007