"Isle d'Auphine, Communement Nommee par les Europeens Madagascar, et St. Laurens, et par les Habitans du Pays Madecase", Sanson, Nicolas
Period: 1697 (dated)
Color: Black & White
17.5 x 23 inches
44.5 x 58.4 cm
This is a splendid, large-scale map of Madagascar and the surrounding islands in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa. The map is filled with detail along the coasts and is decorated with an unusual compass rose, sailing ship and a figurative cartouche with native inhabitants. The map is based on the report from two early French accounts of the islands; Etienne de Flacourt, a French governor of Madagascar in 1648 and Francois Cauche, who voyaged to Madagascar in 1638.
Extended margins and backed with old linen. The map is detached at corners from the extended margins, and the linen is also detached at the corners. There are a few small spots and light creasing throughout, and light damp stains in corners.