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Auction 154, Lot 696

"Carte Generale de l'Afrique, Levee par Ordre Expres des Roys de Portugal, sous qui on en a Fait la Decouverte", Mortier, Pierre

Subject: Africa

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 17.9 inches
57.9 x 45.5 cm
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This fascinating map appears to be incomplete. Although the focus of the map is the continent of Africa, the coastlines of Brazil, Spain, Arabia, and Persia are shown with numerous place names. However in the eastern Mediterranean, the coastline suddenly disappears just north of Syria, and numerous islands (including Sicily, Cyprus, and the Greek Islands) and rhumb lines are curiously missing. The cartography within Africa is complete and is based on Jaillot's map of 1674, which in turn was based on Sanson's second map of Africa from 1668. The map presents the standard Ptolemaic description of the source of the Nile, however, Mortier presents an updated depiction of the rivers south of these Ptolemaic lakes with the omission of the Zambere River. Two St. Helena islands are still shown - a common error in maps from this period. Just below Brazil, the distance scale is handsomely adorned with a native American and a phoenix.


Condition: B+

A crisp impression with original outline color, minor color offsetting, a few small stains in upper corners of map, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1/2" into map at bottom.

Estimate: $500 - $650


Closed on 9/16/2015