Auction 141, Lot 692

Superb Picture Frame-Style Border

"L'Afrique Suivant les Nouvelles Observations de Messrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, etc.", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Africa

Period: 1729 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 13.3 inches
41.4 x 33.8 cm

This beautifully engraved map of Africa is based on Delisle’s important map of 1700. It extends to include the Atlantic islands and just a bit of Brazil. The Nile river is depicted originating in two small lakes named Damot and Dambea in Abyssinia. There is considerable detail throughout with several notations. Crisply engraved with a compass rose and a title cartouche featuring elephants, an ostrich and a man wrestling a crocodile, also taken from Delisle. This is the much more decorative, and uncommon, edition with the map enclosed in a superb picture frame-style border with incredible 3-dimensional quality.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with some short tears in blank margins, two of which enter 1" into map border at top, that have all been closed on verso with archival materials. Professionally remargined at left with a minute amount of neatline in facsimile.

Estimate: $600 - $750


Closed on 9/5/2012