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SABATINI, Francesco. [Unrecorded carte-à-figures map of Africa]
Africæ Nova Tabula... Bologna, Francesco Sabatini, c.1670, 455 x 560mm. Top margin restored with small manuscript reinstatement above Algier's view, A very fine dark impression.
A very rare and fine carte-à-figures map of Africa engraved by Pietro Todeschi, with vignette scenes of regional types to the left and right and cities along the top and bottom borders. This map is signed by Sabatini, in the dedication to a Bolognese nobleman, Marchese Andrea Paleotti, and his wife Christine Dudley, Duchess of Northumberland, grand-daughter of Sir Robert Dudley, the famous Elizabethan mariner and chart-maker, who was exiled to Florence in the early seventeenth century. Christine was born in 1649, and married Paleotti in 1663. A legendary beauty, she had a scandalous love-life, partly encouraged by her husband, who died in 1689. Published by Sabatini, one of the many fringe figures in Italian map-making and publishing in the late seventeenth century. Unfortunately, even accurate dates for his life and death elude us, while his work life can be established only by the rough dating of his maps dependent on the dedications on those maps bearing them, but he was apparently active as a printer and publisher (and possibly engraver) in the 1670s, probably in Bologna. This a late piracy of Dutch cartes-à-figure maps, popularised in the first part of the seventeenth century, although it seems likely that the map was plagiarised from intermediate Italian copies, perhaps by Stefano Scolari, an engraver and publisher (or possibly two different men) active from the 1640s to 1660s. This example is now listed in BETZ: Mapping of Africa, addenda.
[Ref: 10528]    £6,000.00 ($7,626 • €6,804 rates)

SPEED, John. [The first English atlas map of Africa]
Africæ, described, the manners of their habits, and buildinge: newly done into English by J.S. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 405 x 525mm. Repairs in margins of bottom corners.
A landmark map of Africa, engraved by Abraham Goos for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first English atlas of the world. Along the top of the map are prospects of eight cities, including Alexandria, Cairo, Tunis and Algiers. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes of African natives, including an Egyptian, Abyssinian Madagascan and a man from the Cape of Good Hope. BETZ: Africa, 62, state 3.
[Ref: 17814]    £4,000.00 ($5,084 • €4,536 rates)

DE WIT, Frederick. [A 17th century map of Africa]
Totius Africæ Accuratissima Tabula. Amsterdam, 1680. Fine original colour. 500 x 585mm. Minor repairs at centrefold.
A beautifully engraved map of Africa with a large title cartouche in full colour featuring dress from both north and sub-saharan Africa, lions and an elephant BETZ: state 3 of 6, 'a classic late seventeenth century map of Africa'.
[Ref: 19495]    £1,100.00 ($1,398 • €1,247 rates)

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [The rare Coronelli/Nolin map of Africa]
Afrique selon les relations les plus nouvelles... Corrigée et augmentée Par le S.r Tillemon. Paris: Jean Baptiste Nolin, 1689-93. Original outline colour. 455 x 595mm. Some reinforcing at centre fold on reverse.
A large map of Africa with a cartouche filled with engraved text filling in the gaps in knowledge of the interior. Coronelli (1650-1718), a Minorite friar, was official cartographer to both the Republic of Venice and to Louis XIV of France, for whom he made a pair of 3.85 metre diameter globes. Because of this dual interest, many of Coronelli's maps were published by Nolin in Paris, which are generally scarcer than Coronelli's own publications. Engraved by van Loon and first published in 1689, this Africa map pre-dates Coronelli's magnificent two-sheet version by two years. BETZ: 146, state 2 of 4.
[Ref: 16748]    £1,500.00 ($1,907 • €1,701 rates)

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [An 18th century two-sheet map of Africa]
L'Africa... Venice, 1691. Two sheets, each c. 605 x 445mm.
Coronelli's famous two-sheet map of Africa, beautifully engraved in his unique style, with an impressive amount of decoration. The title is on an animal skin draped above lions, an elephant, crocodile, ostrich & camel. In the interior is a large cartouche with an allegorical figure representing the Nile, with a European recording the latest discoveries relating to the Blue Nile in Abyssinia. Elephants, lions and other animals fill the other gaps. NORWICH: 56.
[Ref: 16514]    £3,200.00 ($4,067 • €3,629 rates)

FER, Nicolas de. [First edition map of Africa by Sanson]
L'Afrique Dressée selon les dernieres relat. Et suivant les Nouvelles decouvertes.. Paris, 1700 . 240 x 340mm. A very fine impression
Map of the continent of Africa with a decorative dedication to the Dauphin. Monomotapa is shown to the south, and in Central Africa there is text regarding the origin of the Nile in Abyssinia.
[Ref: 19414]    £380.00 ($483 • €431 rates)

JAILLOT, Alexis-Hubert. [Two-Sheet map of Africa]
L'Afrique divisée suivant l'estendue de ses principales parties... Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, c.1705. Original colour. Two sheets conjoined 580 x 880mm.
Sanson's map of Africa, redrawn on a larger scale by Jaillot at the request of Sanson's heirs, and published in Mortier's edition of Jaillot's 'Atlas Nouveau', with fine baroque title and scale cartouches. BETZ: 156, state iii of v.
[Ref: 8429]    £1,200.00 ($1,525 • €1,361 rates)

WEIGEL, Christoph. [18th century map of Africa]
Africae emendata Descriptio. Nuremberg, ca. 1720. Original colour. 125 x 180mm.
Map of Africa with many details including 'Terra Incognita'. The cartouche shows an African king.
[Ref: 17829]    £190.00 ($241 • €215 rates)

DE L'ISLE, Guillaume. [18th century map of Africa]
L'Afrique Dressee sur les Observations de Ms. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences... Amsterdam: Covens & Mortier, c. 1730. Original colours 490 x 575mm.
Map of Africa based on De L'Isle's important map of 1700. The title on the top of the map bears a dedication to the Duke of Burgundy. The beautifully decorated cartouche features elephants, ostriches and a man astride a crocodile.
[Ref: 15767]    £760.00 ($966 • €862 rates)

SEUTTER, Matthäus. [Classic 18th century map of Africa]
Africa Iuxta Navigationes et Observationes Recentissimas Aucta... Augsburg, c.1730. Original colour. 500 x 575mm. Bottom left margin reinforced.
A large and decorative map, although, according to Tooley, 'extraordinarily inaccurate', with the Nile extending further south than Lake Zaire, and every inch of the map filled with fictitious detail. A delightful title cartouche, designed by Gottfried Rogg with a dragon, crocodile, parrots and pyramids, fills the lower left corner. TOOLEY: p.110; NORWICH: 80.
[Ref: 14273]    £770.00 ($979 • €873 rates)

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