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Auction 91, Lot 329

"L'Afrique Dressee sur les Observations …",

Subject: Africa

Period: 1708 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 17.5 inches
57.2 x 44.5 cm

This map is one of the landmarks in the history of mapping Africa. It was first issued by De l'Isle in 1700 and is distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. Most of the maps of Africa issued in the eighteenth century were based on this map or his revision in 1722. The Nile is correctly shown with its origins in Abyssinia. The Congo or River Zaire, R. du Saint Esprit and the Zambeze appear in the south, along with the Portuguese settlements of Sean, Tete and Chicora. Several native kingdoms are named, as well as the site of various mining districts. The (uncolored) title cartouche is beautifully decorated with three elephants, an ostrich, natives and a crocodile. Ref: Norwich #59. Superb impression and original color. Oxidation of the green color, which has been professionally reinforced with Japanese tissue.


Condition: A

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 6/14/2000