"Carte du Congo et du Pays des Cafres", Delisle/Covens & Mortier
Subject: Southern Africa, Madagascar
Period: 1730 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23.9 x 18.7 inches
60.7 x 47.5 cm
This is the Covens and Mortier edition of this meticulously detailed map. It is emblematic of all Delisle's works, distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. His work was the basis of most African maps made in the 18th century. The map covers Africa south of the Equator and includes Madagascar and several islands in the Indian Ocean. It is filled with information concerning European trade, native kingdoms and mineral wealth.
A sharp, dark impression with original outline color and some light printer's ink residue along the centerfold at top. There are short centerfold separations at top and bottom (not entering the map) and a couple of small chips and tears along the edges of the sheet that have been closed on verso with archival tape.