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Auction 156, Lot 730

"Afrique", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Africa

Period: 1650 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 15.3 inches
55.4 x 38.9 cm

This is a handsome example of Nicolas Sanson's style. Though not as ornate as his Dutch competitors, Sanson was esteemed for his geographic clarity and delicacy of engraving. This is one of several maps of the continent prepared by the important French cartographer. Part of a series of maps showing the ancient world, it depicts Africa as it was understood prior to European exploration of the continent in the sixteenth century. Although the outline of the continent is more up-to-date, the geography of the interior is based on Ptolemy and other ancient sources. The map is filled with spurious details including the twin lake sources of the Nile and peculiar mountain ranges. It includes the Canary and Cape Verde Islands as well as several other Atlantic islands and the coastline of Brazil. Madagascar and many islands in the Indian Ocean also appear. Features a strapwork and garland style title cartouche. Engraved by Abraham Peyrouin, one of the many fine engravers employed by Sanson.

References: Betz #78.

Condition: B

Original color on watermarked paper with scattered foxing, light staining, and two wormholes along the centerfold. A long centerfold separation at bottom has been closed on verso with archival material.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/17/2016