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Auction 194, Lot 672


"Le Zanguebar Tire de Sanut &c. [on sheet with] Partie du Zanguebar ou sont les Costes d'Adjan et d'Abex &c...", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Eastern Africa

Period: 1656 (dated)


Color: Black & White

11.8 x 7.4 inches
30 x 18.8 cm
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This attractive map, in two parts, covers the east coast of Africa from Mozambique to the Red Sea showing the prosperous trading ports. Each map has a decorative title cartouche.

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.

This example is a later state of the first plate, dated 1656 but with the addition of "3. Vol. page 128" at top right.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with minor offsetting and a hint of toning. The map has been trimmed to the neatlines and pasted onto a sheet of hand-laid paper.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $36

Closed on 9/13/2023