Auction 130, Lot 770

"L'Afrique Dressee sur les Observations de de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Delisle/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Africa

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 18 inches
57.9 x 45.7 cm

This map is one of the landmarks in the history of the mapping of Africa. It was first issued by Delisle in 1700 and is distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. Most of the maps of Africa issued in the eighteenth century were based on this map or his revision of 1722. The Nile is correctly shown with its origins in Abyssinia. The Congo or River Zaire, R. du Saint Esprit and the Zambezi appear in the south, along with the Portuguese settlements of Sean, Tete and Chicora. Several native kingdoms are named, as well as the site of various mining districts. The title cartouche is beautifully decorated with elephants, an ostrich, natives and a crocodile. Second title in Latin above the upper neatline "Africa Accurate in Imperia, Regna, Status & Portulos Divisa, ad Usum…"

References: Norwich #74.

Condition: A

Map image with fine impression and coloring, full margins. The margins with a little soiling or foxing and the occasional short edge tear.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $425

Closed on 12/2/2009