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Auction 182, Lot 737

"A Pictorial Map South Africa Shewing the Diverse Places and Extraordinary Manner of Strange Things to Be Seen by Those Who Voyage to This Land Beloved of the Sun...",

Subject: Southern Africa

Period: 1950 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

29.4 x 25 inches
74.7 x 63.5 cm

This charming souvenir map was created by Bernard Sargent for the South African Tourist Corporation. The map shows the major roads and the sites that can be seen along those roads, representing "diverse places and extraordinary manner of strange things." An endorsement by Sir Francis Drake is also included: "This Cape is a most stately thing, and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth." The border is filled with images of native flora and fauna and gives brief descriptions of the main regions in South Africa: Transvaal, Natal, Cape Province, and Orange Free State. The map folds into a promotional brochure with additional maps on verso showing transportation routes by air, road, rail and sea and information on Durban and the Kruger National Park. This brochure was printed in the Netherlands by Rotogravure.

Bernard Sargent (1921-2011) was born in England and immigrated to South Africa later in life. After marrying and settling in the Johannesburg area, he became known for his illustrations of animals. Sargent illustrated books and posters on South African history, culture and wildlife during his long career, and even designed coins for the Bank of Namibia in 1994.

References: Rumsey #9968.

Condition: A

A bright, clean example issued folding with archival repairs to some tiny holes at fold intersections and a couple of short separations along the folds.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $300

Closed on 4/28/2021