Auction 148, Lot 725

"L'Afrique Dressee pour l'Etude de la Geographie...", Brion de la Tour/Desnos

Subject: Africa

Period: 1766 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12.3 x 11.1 inches
31.2 x 28.2 cm

Handsome continental map decorated with a pictorial title cartouche and several ships under full sail. The interior of the map contains little geographical information, as is typical of the period. Large rivers are evident but the larger lakes are not marked. The Nile flows from two small lakes, located in the Mts. de la Lune above the equator. In the south there is a minimum of place names and a few tribal names. Brion was the former Geographer to the King of France, and Desnos was Geographer to the King of Denmark. This edition is exactly the same map as described by Norwich but has a slight variation on the highly decorative surrounding border. A separate plate was used to print the border.

References: Norwich #97.

Condition: B+

A few light scattered spots and very minor toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/19/2014