"Afrique Publiee sous les Auspices de Monseigneur de Duc d'Orleans Premier Prince du Sang",
Period: 1749 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
38.2 x 40 inches
97 x 101.6 cm
Four sheets joined to make up two sheets. D'Anville was one of the first cartographers to leave blank areas where sufficient information was unavailable. This map is a beautiful example of the new "scientific" style of cartography which eliminated much of the spurious information in the continent. Apart from some detail in the Congo, Egypt, Abbissinia and a small area on the east coast, practically the entire interior is left blank. The source of the Nile is still incorrect, although D'Anville shows the twin lakes on a much smaller scale. The large title cartouche is adorned with an African queen whose crown appears to be made of an elephant's head. Also included in the cartouche are various indigenous animals and a river-god. Ref: Norwich #91. Minor foxing in margins with faint offsetting, short fold split on top sheet, otherwise very good.