Catalog Archive
Auction 176, Lot 678

"Pays, et Coste des Caffres: Empires de Monomotapa Monoemugi, &c. ", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1683 (circa)

Publication: L'Afrique en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles...

Color: Hand Color

11.2 x 7.8 inches
28.4 x 19.8 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This charming map of the southern part of Africa is fully engraved with mountains, several large rivers, and lakes. The kingdom of Monomotapa covers most of the interior, and a city of the same name sits on the bank of the Spiritus River. Rivers flowing from the Mountains of the Moon (Montagnes de la Lune) feed an unnamed lake at top that appears to be the mythical Lake Zaire. The coast is dense with place names. Engraved by Antoine de Winter.

References: Pastoureau, SANSON I F [14].

Condition: B+

A dark impression with light creasing and archival repairs to several separations along the centerfold, some tiny worm tracks, and a few chips along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/12/2020