Auction 148, Lot 748

"South Africa", Wyld, James

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1844 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

32.4 x 20.1 inches
82.3 x 51.1 cm

A very large and detailed map of southern Africa below the Tropic of Capricorn. It is filled with detail of the settlements in the region and the realms of the Zulus, Basuto and other native tribes. Notes throughout the map indicate the locations of ruins, pools, salt pans, etc. A lettered key at bottom identifies the "country ceded to the Kaffirs in 1836," the colony of Natal (established in 1843), and lands taken from aboriginal tribes by emigrants. Wyld attributes the information in the map to Major Selwyn, Lieutenant Sherson, Alexander Backhouse, Centlivre Chase, Christopher Moffat, and the M.S. of the Missions Evangelique. This example appears to be the first state; Norwich notes an issue published in 1844 but without the date in the title and showing later colonial boundaries.

References: Norwich #198; cf. Tooley (MCC-61) #301.

Condition: B

A nice impression and original color on a sound sheet with light offsetting and scattered foxing.

Estimate: $240 - $300


Closed on 2/19/2014