"[Lot of 3] Carte Generale de L'Afrique [and] Carte Detaillee en deux feuilles de L'Afrique et des iles qui en dependent [and] Afrique Meridionale", Brue, Adrien Hubert
Period: 1834 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 14.3 inches
51.6 x 36.3 cm
These three matching maps of Africa are beautifully engraved and highly detailed. Each is surrounded with a decorative keyboard-style board, blank verso and Brue's blind stamped imprint.
1. Carte Generale de L'Afrique, 1834, 20.3" x 13.4". This handsome map of the continent extends to include the Arabian Peninsula and the islands in the Indian Ocean. There is a fair amount of geographical detail in the north and southeast. The vast center is left blank owing to the lack of actual exploration during this period. The Nile appears to have its origin in a number of tributaries arising from an extensive mountain range labeled Monts Al-Quamar (Monts de la Lune). The south is filled with many geographical details and the tribal regions are depicted more accurately than many other maps of this period.
2. Carte Detaillee en deux feuilles de L'Afrique et des iles qui en dependent, 1834, 20.4" x 14.6". This is a superb map of the northern half of Africa. It is filled with place names and notations and colored to show the various Europeans settlements and colonies. Large inset depicts Abyssinia and there is a smaller inset of the Cape Verde Islands.
3. Afrique Meridionale, 1834, 20.3" x 14.5". Shows the southern portion of Africa with remarkable detail. Large inset of South Africa shows the Dutch colony and the lands of the Hottentots and Betjouanas. Another large inset shows the numerous islands of the Seychelles and several other smaller insets that carry little detail.
All with full, untrimmed margins, very fine impression and original hand coloring in outline, with a little offsetting from one of the colors.