Auction 140, Lot 821

"l'Afrique, ou Lybie Ulterieure ou sont le Saara, ou Desert, le Pays des Negres, la Guinee, et les Pays Circonv.…", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1655 (dated)

Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…

Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 13.5 inches
54.6 x 34.3 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.

References: Pastoureau #Sanson V A [18].

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with light toning along centerfold and a few tiny cracks near centerfold that have been closed on verso with Japanese tissue. There are two small holes at top left that have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 5/23/2012