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Auction 132, Lot 653

"Africa Vetus", Sanson/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Africa

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Black & White

21.4 x 15.4 inches
54.4 x 39.1 cm
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This map of ancient Africa presents the whole continental outline but without any geographical information from the European discoveries of the sixteenth century. The geographical representation of the interior and place names are based on Ptolemy and other classical sources. The Nile rises from two large lakes located south of the equator. The cartouche is formed by two eagles. The map originated with Nicolas Sanson in 1650. This re-engraved version was published by Covens and Mortier.

References: cf Betz #79; Norwich #35.

Condition: A+

A very fine example with a sharp impression and wide original margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $375

Closed on 6/2/2010