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Auction 176, Lot 649

"L'Afrique Divisee en ses Principaux Etats", Janvier/Lattre

Subject: Africa

Period: 1762 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

17 x 11.9 inches
43.2 x 30.2 cm
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This excellent copper engraved map of the continent shows the extent of European geographical knowledge in the mid 18th century. While mostly accurate, it does have remnants of fantasy such as the twin lake source of the Nile in the Mts de la Lune, which in this depiction is quite a bit north of the Equator. C. de Bonne Esperance and Stellembos Pic are the only settlements marked in southern Africa, which is occupied by the Hottentots tribes. The pictorial title cartouche features a waterfall, pine trees, a leopard, and a crocodile. The map likely appeared in Atlas Moderne.

References: Norwich #104.

Condition: A

A bright sheet of watermarked paper with some printer's ink residue at bottom left.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/12/2020