Auction 130, Lot 793

"Carte Particuliere de la Coste d'Or pour Servir aux Vaisseaux Francais…", Depot de la Marine

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1750 (dated)


Color: Black & White

23.5 x 16.5 inches
59.7 x 41.9 cm

This is one of the earliest precise charts of the Gold Coast, present-day Ghana, from the River Ancobar in the west to the Volta in the east. The chart was produced for the French vessels competing with other European powers for the trade in gold. The coast is divided among several small African kingdoms. Numerous depth soundings along the coast are shown, as are coastal towns and forts including St George de la Mine aux Hollandois (Elmina).


Condition: B+

There is a bit of minor foxing, mostly in the margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 12/2/2009