Auction 151, Lot 678

"[Lot of 2] A Correct Chart of the West Coast of Africa, Engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetteer [and] A Correct Chart of the Southern Coasts of Africa, from the Equator to the Cape of Good Hope. Engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetr.", Malham, John (Rev.)

Subject: Africa

Period: 1795 (dated)

Publication: Malham's Naval Gazetteer

Color: Black & White

Size:
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This pair of charts covers the majority of Africa and the oceans that surround the continent. On both charts there are plenty of place names along the coasts and virtually no inland information. The oceans include compass roses topped with fleurs-de-lis and are crossed with rhumb lines. Both were engraved by Neele for Rev. John Malham (1747-1821), a writer and teacher of navigation, for Malham's The Naval Gazetteer; or, Seaman's Complete Guide.

A. A Correct Chart of the West Coast of Africa, Engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetteer, (7.6 x 9.4"). This chart spans from southern Portugal and Spain down to the Gulf of Guinea. Several islands are located including Corsica, Sardinia, Madeira, the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde. The Sahara Desert is here called Zahra or Desert of Barbary. Condition: Issued folding with minor offsetting and some light soiling concentrated along the top fold at right. There is toning along the sheet's edges.

B. A Correct Chart of the Southern Coasts of Africa, from the Equator to the Cape of Good Hope. Engraved for Malham's Naval Gazetr., (9.4 x 7.6"). This chart focuses on Africa south of the equator. Madagascar is prominently displayed, and several smaller islands in the Indian Ocean are located. A note in present-day Mozambique refers to "Cannibals." There appears to be a large lake with an incomplete border called Massi where Lake Malawi is located. The South Atlantic Ocean is here referred to as Ethiopic Ocean. Condition: Issued folding with light offsetting and a couple minor spots. There is a small damp stain in the blank left margin.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #251, Vol. I-2 & 3.

Condition: B+

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Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 11/19/2014

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