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Auction 166, Lot 707

"Carte Particuliere de l'Egypte, de la Nubie et de l'Abyssinie, Dressee sur les Memoires les Plus Nouveaux, & les Observations les Plus Exactes", Chatelain, Henry Abraham

Subject: Northeastern Africa & Arabia

Period: 1728 (published)

Publication: Atlas Historique…

Color: Black & White

Size:
20.1 x 15.6 inches
51.1 x 39.6 cm
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This handsome map is based on the work of the important French cartographer Guillaume Delisle. It is a very detailed and fascinating view of northeastern Africa, the Red Sea, and the Arabian Peninsula showing the political divisions and kingdoms. The Blue Nile originates in the mountains near the L. de Dambee in the approximate location of Lake Tana, but there is no sign of Lake Victoria at the head of the White Nile. The desert west of Egypt is filled with comments, and little tents and castles distinguish the nomadic tribes versus the permanent settlements. There was increased interest in this region in the early 18th century that coincided with increased commercial activity. By this time European knowledge of the coastlines of the African continent and Arabia had advanced considerably, but the interiors still remained largely speculative.

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Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with light toning and offsetting and a short centerfold separation at top that has been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/14/2018

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