Auction 128, Lot 8

"Description Generale de l'Afrique Seconde Partie du Monde", d'Avity, Pierre

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1637 (dated)


Color: Black & White

7.5 x 13.5 inches
19.1 x 34.3 cm

This rare title page is printed in red and black ink with a finely engraved scene (7.5 x 5.3") centered around a huge floor globe showing the Eastern Hemisphere. On the left of the globe are a group of European explorers, with a day sky in the background. A group of native peoples of Africa stand on the opposite side with a night sky background. Jehovah in Hebrew script is engraved at top center. This fine engraving, by Jean Picart, represents the discovery, and therefore the enlightenment, of Africa by the Europeans.


Condition: B+

Some surface soil and a manuscript, brown ink notation in title.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/20/2009