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  AFRICA 

LAS CASAS, Emmanuel. [A scarce English edition of La Sage's map of Africa]
Africa with its Geographical Divisions, European Colonies, &c, &c. London: R. Juigné, 1813. Original colour. Map 345 x 375mm, set in letterpress text, total printed area 460 x 675mm.
An unusual English edition of this map of Africa, which has stripped away the fictitious interior of earlier maps, but unfortunately including Rennell's fictitious 'Mountains of Kong' in West Africa. The continent is divided into six areas: Egypt, Barbary, Western Coast, Southern Part, Eastern Coast, and, largest of all, 'Interior Parts almost entirely Unknown'. Thus much of the detail is coastal, for example marking the Slave Forts of Elmina & Fort Christiansbourg on the Guinea coast five years after the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron started anti-slaver patrols in 1808. The routes of five explorers are shown: James Bruce's search for the source of the Nile in Nubia and Abyssinia (1768-71); François Levaillant in South Africa (1781-4); William George Browne's expedition to Darfur (1793); Mungo Park in the Gambia (1795-7); & Hormann in Egypt and Libya (1798). Around the map is extensive descriptive historical and geographic text. The was published in 'Le Sage'
[Ref: 13770]    £350.00 ($462 • €392 rates)


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