Auction 146, Lot 736

"Africa Corrected from the Observations of the Royal Society of London and Paris", Senex, John

Subject: Africa

Period: 1714 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
38.3 x 27.3 inches
97.3 x 69.3 cm

This large map is printed on two joined sheets and covers the entire continent, along with the Arabian peninsula and Madagascar. The map is divided into kingdoms and shows good detail along the coastline. The river system is relatively well developed, and the tiny tents scattered across the interior represent nomadic tribes. Notes fill the interior concerning the natives including the Kingdom of Bito where "inhabitants are very rich" and the Kingdom of Temian who are "men-eaters." The title cartouche shows a scene containing an elephant, lion, scorpion, snake a native, and a river god holding up a horn of plenty. The map is dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton in a second decorative cartouche at bottom right.

References: Norwich #69.

Condition: B

Original color with some professionally repaired fold separations and numerous small edge tears and chips, most of which have also been professionally repaired. Overall light toning with minor spots in the image and some soiling along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 9/4/2013

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