Auction 137, Lot 789

"L'Afrique Dressee Selon les Derniere Relat. et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Africa

Period: 1717 (dated)


Color: Black & White

12.3 x 9.3 inches
31.2 x 23.6 cm

This handsome little map is a reduced derivative of De Fer's wall map of Africa (1696-98) with its characteristic thickened west coast. Unusual islands appear in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans including a mythical second island of St. Helena. Monomotapa is shown in the south and the southwest coastline is distorted and there is an incorrect placement and shape of the Cape of Good Hope. In Central Africa is a paragraph concerning the origin of the Nile in Abyssinia, however, the two sub-equatorial Ptolemaic lakes are still shown on the map. The map is graced with a decorative dedication to the Dauphin and a title cartouche featuring lime kilns.

References: Betz #170.3; Norwich #64 (larger version).

Condition: A

Nice clean example. Issued folded with narrow margins and a binding trim at left, as issued.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 9/14/2011