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Auction 168, Lot 657

"L'Afrique Dressee Selon les Dernieres Relat. et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes dont les Points Principaux sont Placez sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Africa

Period: 1717 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux ou le Monde...

Color: Hand Color

12.4 x 9 inches
31.5 x 22.9 cm

This handsome little map is a reduced derivative of De Fer's wall map of Africa (1696-98) with its characteristic thickened west coast. Unusual islands appear in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans including a mythical second island of St. Helena. Monomotapa is shown in the south and the southwest coastline is distorted and there is an incorrect placement and shape of the Cape of Good Hope. In Central Africa is a paragraph concerning the origin of the Nile in Abyssinia, however, the two sub-equatorial Ptolemaic lakes are still shown on the map. The map is graced with a decorative dedication to the Dauphin and a title cartouche featuring lime kilns. The map was first published in 1700; this is the third state.

References: Betz #170.3; Norwich #64 (larger version); Pastoureau, FER ID.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on watermarked paper, issued folding and now flattened with minute holes at the fold intersections. There is minor toning along the top edge of the sheet and the binding trim at left has been professionally replaced with a short adjacent binding tear that has been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/6/2018