"L'Afrique Divisee en ses Empires, Royaumes, et Etats, Dressees sur les Dernieres Observations", Elwe, Jan Barend
Period: 1792 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Geographique et Universel
Color: Hand Color
23.3 x 18.2 inches
59.2 x 46.2 cm
This handsome, large map of Africa was copied from Jaillot's popular and influential map from more than a century earlier (1674). The cartography is typical for the seventeenth century with the Nile originating in two large lakes below the equator. The River Zaire (Congo) also arises from Lake Zaire. The Kingdom of Monomotapa is shown with its capital on the Rio de Spirito Santa, and Vigiti Magna is also depicted. The map is richly embellished, also in the seventeenth century style, with two elaborate cartouches featuring allegorical figures and wild animals.
References: Norwich #109.
A sharp impression with contemporary color in the map and later color in the cartouches, on a lightly toned sheet with two small elephant watermarks. There is a faint stain at bottom left, marginal soiling, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom.