Auction 136, Lot 726

"L'Afrique Divisee Suivant l'Estendue de ses Principales Parties…", Jaillot/Mortier

Subject: Africa

Period: 1692 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau

Color: Hand Color

35 x 21.5 inches
88.9 x 54.6 cm

This striking map is the Mortier version of Jaillot's 1674 map of the continent of Africa. It can be distinguished from the earlier Jaillot map of Africa by the date and minor changes in the title in the top margin and it does not carry the engraver's imprint. Based on Sanson's second map of Africa (1668), it presents the standard Ptolemaic description of the source of the Nile. However, Jaillot introduced a new depiction of the rivers south of these Ptolemaic lakes. The Zambeze River appears above the Zambere and Rio de Spiritu Santo, all of which flow into the Indian Ocean. A large section of South America is shown and two St. Helena islands appear - a common error in maps from this period. The large distance scale cartouche has six scales. The very large and decorative title cartouche includes a tumult of figures, cornucopias, elephant, crocodile, lion and ostrich under the coat of arms of the Dauphin. Two sheets joined, as issued.

References: Betz #156.1; cf Norwich #46.

Condition: A

A very sharp impression and lovely original color with just a hint of offsetting.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,300


Closed on 6/1/2011