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Auction 182, Lot 729

"[Lot of 2] Egypten, Verdeelt in zyne Twaalf Cassilifen, of Landvoogdyen... [and] Carte de l'Egypte Ancienne et Moderne. Assujettie aux Observns. Astronomiques",

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1699-1781 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

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A. Egypten, Verdeelt in zyne Twaalf Cassilifen, of Landvoogdyen..., by Nicolas Sanson, circa 1699 (7.8 x 10.8"). Small, attractive map of Egypt and the Nile Valley showing major cities and political divisions as well as nicely detailed mountains and oases. The map is decorated with a large title cartouche. Published in one of Francois Halma's Dutch editions.

Sanson's small maps from his L'Afrique en Plusieurs Cartes..., first published in 1656 and engraved by A. Peyrounin, were copied several times by various map publishers. Johann David Zunners made copies of Sanson's maps for his German translation of Die Gantze Erd-Kugel in 1679. Johannes Ribbius and Simon de Vries published copies in 1682 and 1683, with new maps engraved by Antoine d'Winter. The plates were later sold to Francois Halma, who used them in 1699 and then again in 1705 with the titles re-engraved in Dutch. The titles on the d'Winter plates were re-engraved back into French, and then used by Nicholas Chemereau in 1715 and by Henri du Sauzet in 1738. Condition: A nice impression with a few minor spots and marginal toning. (A)

B. Carte de l'Egypte Ancienne et Moderne. Assujettie aux Observns. Astronomiques, by Joseph de Laporte, from Atlas Moderne..., circa 1777 (7.0 x 8.8"). This handsome small map depicts the Nile River valley with good detail. It locates the pyramids and trade routes and includes many place names and some topographical detail. Unlike other later editions of this map with a simple title cartouche, this example features a decorative cartouche with a waterfall and crocodile similar to the Bonne/Lattre map of the region. Condition: There is light soiling and the centerfold has been reinforced with archival materials, closing a few short separations. (B+)



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Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 4/28/2021