Auction 137, Lot 818

"L'Afrique, ou Lybie ulterieure ou sont le Saara, ou Desert. le Pays des Negres, la Guinee…", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1655 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 13.7 inches
55.1 x 34.8 cm

Handsome map of Western Africa filled with information, much of it spurious, in the Sahara Desert, the Niger River and the coast of Guinea. Of particular interest are several incomplete rivers in the desert regions that appear and then disappear. The map is beautifully engraved with a title cartouche fashioned in the form of an oriental carpet.


Condition: B+

Old color on watermarked paper with a few light spots at top. Upper corners have been remargined just outside of neatline.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/14/2011