Auction 124, Lot 686

"L'Afrique Dressee Selon les derniere Relat. et Suivenat les Nouvelles Decouvertes dont les Points Principaux Sont Placez sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Africa

Period: 1700 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux ou le Monde

Color: Hand Color

12.5 x 9 inches
31.8 x 22.9 cm

This is the first state of De Fer's depiction of the continent. A thickened west coast expands between the Cape and the Congo, based on his wall map of 1696-98. Unusual islands appear in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans including a mythical second island of St. Helena. Monomotapa is shown in the south. In Central Africa there is a paragraph concerning the origin of the Nile in Abyssinia - however the two sub-equatorial Ptolemaic lakes are still shown on the map. The map is graced with a decorative dedication to the Dauphin and a title cartouche featuring lime kilns.

References: Betz # 170.1; cf Norwich #64 (larger version).

Condition: A

A nice impression on a sound sheet of laid paper. There is a faint stain in the blank right margin that just touches the map.

Estimate: $425 - $500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 5/7/2008