Auction 139, Lot 697

"Carte du Congo et du Pays des Cafres…", Delisle/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Southern Africa, Madagascar

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.8 x 18.5 inches
60.5 x 47 cm

This meticulously detailed map is emblematic of all Delisle's works, distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. His work was the basis of most African maps made in the 18th century. The map is filled with information concerning European trade, native kingdoms and mineral wealth. It covers Africa south of the Equator and includes Madagascar and several islands in the Indian Ocean. This is the Covens & Mortier edition.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with original color and light toning. There is a centerfold separation in top blank margin that just touches neatline, and a faint damp stain in right blank margin, far from map image.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/15/2012