"L'Afrique Dressee sur les Relations et Nouvelles Decouvertes de Differens Voyageurs Conformes aux Observations Astronomiques", Danet, Guillaume
Period: 1732 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
28 x 19 inches
71.1 x 48.3 cm
This is one of the most distinctive and decorative maps of Africa from the 18th century. It is surrounded by an intricately engraved border composed of the flags of nations throughout the world. This map was drawn and engraved by J. Luillier and published by Guillaume Danet, son-in-law of Nicholas de Fer. Danet was not a prolific publisher and his separately issued maps are quite scarce.
Based on Delisle's updated map of Africa , this map shows separate Senegal and Niger rivers, although a dotted line still connects the Niger River to Lac Maberia. In southern Africa, a large Lac de Maravi (Nyasa) and the Lepala mountain range noted as the spine of the world are featured. The map extends to include the coasts of Brazil in the west and India in the east. A large title cartouche fills the upper-left corner with a radiant figure at top and the female personification of Asia, an unchained native, a lion skin, a basket of ivory, a snake and a scorpion below.
References: cf. Norwich #78.
Original outline color on watermarked paper with light soiling and an expertly repaired tear at bottom that extends to Madagascar. There are also some expertly repaired tears in bottom blank margin, one of which just enters map border at bottom.