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Auction 197, Lot 675

"[Lot of 2 - Map and Illustrated Cover] Nouvelle Carte d'Afrique Mise au Courant des Dernieres Decouvertes [and] L'Afrique",

Subject: Africa

Period: 1887 (published)

Publication: La Caricature

Color: Hand Color

19.1 x 27.1 inches
48.5 x 68.8 cm
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This humorous map of Africa was created by Albert Robida and engraved by Yves. Tongue-in-cheek imagery fills the map with related text to the left of the map. Algeria and Tunisia are combined to form "France in the winter," with a well-dressed French couple being entertained by several Algerians. The Sahara Desert is depicted as a giant camel. A British soldier and an Egyptian man play tug-of-war with a large sarcophagus labeled Egypt, signifying the British plundering of Egyptian antiquities in the 19th century. A German warship in the Indian Ocean points it weapons toward Zanzibar. In central Africa, a herd of elephants is held in a small fenced area, and in the Congo a village of monkeys lives in a large tree. Surrounding the map are vignettes of historic sites in important African cities, including Cairo, Tunis, Fez, Algiers, Brazzaville and Tripoli, each accompanied by additional satirical text.

This broadside was published as a supplement to "La Caricature" magazine. The cover of the magazine is included with this lot and features the illustration L'Afrique (9.2 x 11.6"), which was also created by Robida. The image depicts three African women from different countries sitting on a platform with Europeans grabbing their arms and clothing, signifying how the imperialist European countries were attempting to colonize various parts of Africa. The text below the image describes the plentiful resources to be found in Africa, such as diamonds, coconuts, ivory, peanut oil, and wild game. On verso are additional images from Africa along with the beginning of an article recounting a voyage to Africa.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with light foxing and marginal toning, now professionally flattened and backed in thin, archival tissue to repair a few minor fold separations. The cover of the magazine has light toning along the edges.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $450

Closed on 4/24/2024