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Auction 198, Lot 646

"Royaume et Desert de Barca, et l'Aegypte Divisee en ses Principales Parties", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Northern Africa

Period: 1699 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.9 x 6.6 inches
27.7 x 16.8 cm
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This attractive map covers northern Africa from Tripoli to the Red Sea. The topography is mostly spurious with numerous mountain ranges and oases prominently located. The map is embellished with a bold title cartouche festooned with fruit symbolizing the fertility of the Nile valley. Engraved by Antoine d'Winter. This is the second state with the addition of a graticule.

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+

A dark impression, issued folding on a bright sheet with a hint of offsetting.

Estimate: $110 - $140


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