Auction 150, Lot 692

"Pays, et Coste des Caffres: Empires du Monomotapa Monoemugi, &c. Tires de Sanut de Marmol &c.", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1656 (dated)

Publication: L'Afrique en plusieurs cartes...

Color: Black & White

Size:
11.3 x 8 inches
28.7 x 20.3 cm

This charming map of the southern part of Africa is fully engraved with mountains, several large rivers, and lakes. The kingdom of Monomotapa covers most of the interior, and a city of the same name sits on the bank of the Spiritus River. Rivers flowing from the Mountains of the Moon (Montagnes de la Lune) feed an unnamed lake at top that appears to be the mythical Lake Zaire. The coast is dense with place names.

Click here to read about the history of the Mountains of the Moon in our August 2014 Newsletter.

References: Pastoureau, SANSON I C #14.

Condition: B+

A nice impression remargined on all sides with heavy old paper, with the map separating from the old paper at right. There are small damp stains in the new margins at top left and top right.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/17/2014

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