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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.
($4,000 • €3,712 rates)
[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.
($1,500 • €1,392 rates)
[An early English Slavers' chart] A General Chart from England to Cape Bona Esperanca with the Coast of Brasile. London, Samuel Thornton, c. 1711. 530 x 435mm. Trimmed within printed border bottom left.
A sea chart showing the Atlantic coasts of Europe, Africa and South America, the triangular route of the English slave trade, dedicated to the Royal African Company whose armorial adorns the title cartouche. Originally governed by James Stuart, Duke of York (later James II), the company's charter of 1660 gave it a monopoly over English trade with West Africa, which originally was intended for the gold from the fields up the Gambia River (source of the name 'guinea' for a gold coin). The company soon turned to slaving, transporting slaves from Africa to Brazil, exchanging them for produce from the plantations. The company often branded their slaves with 'DY' for 'Duke of York'. Published in Thornton's 'English Pilot The Third Book'.
($1,250 • €1,160 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.
($950 • €882 rates)
[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.
($963 • €893 rates)
[18th century map of Africa] Africa Secundum legitimas Projectionis Stereographicae regulas.. Nuremberg, c.1737. Coloured. 480 x 570mm.
Map of Africa, with a large title cartouche featuring the Dutch at the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, elephants, lions and snakes. The map was prepared by Johann Matthias Haas, although the title credits the Arab writer al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi (c.1494-c. 1554), better known as Leo Africanus. NORWICH: 83.
($844 • €783 rates)
[Seutter's small format map of Africa] Africa Juxta Navigationes et Observat: Recentissimas Aucta... Augsburg, Tobias Conrad Lotter, c.1750, Fine original colour. 210 x 270mm. Very fine condition.
A small and very decorative map, from the 'Atlas Minor', which is, 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, with a dragon, snake, lion, crocodile, parrots and pyramids, fills the lower left corner. It was engraved by his son-in-law and successor, Tobias Conrad Lotter, who also published this example. TOOLEY: p.110; NORWICH: 80.
($350 • €325 rates)
[An English 18th century wall map of Africa] Africa, Performed by the S.r Danville under the Patronage of the Duke of Orleans. Revised and Improved by Mr. Bolton. London: J. & P. Knapton, 1766. Coloured. Four sheets conjoined, total 1010 x 990mm.
A finely engraved wall map of Africa, produced by Emanuel Bowen for 'Mr. Postlethwayte's Dictionary of Trade & Commerce'. With an inset of the Azores.
($1,563 • €1,450 rates)
[The Santini/Remondini edition of Janvier's map] L'Afrique divisée en ses principaux Etats... Venice: Paolo Santini, c.1780. Original outline colour. 480 x 650mm.
A map of Africa published in Venice, the geography shows the knowledge of the continent of the mid 18th Century which is almost accurate, but with some remnants of fantasy such as the twin lake source of the river Nile in the "Montagnes de la Lune, which is shown north of the Equator. Two further small inset maps of Cap de Bonne-Esperance and Isle de France. Ornamental title cartouche featuring palm trees and a lion in the upper left corner.
($563 • €522 rates)
NOLIN, Jean Baptiste.
[18th century map of Africa] Afrique Divisée en ses Grandes Regions, et Subdivisée en ses Grands Estats, et moindres Régions et differens Peuples. Paris: Bassett, 1781. Original outline colour. 490 x 660mm.
Map of Africa with a rococco title cartouche and engraved text describing the nations down the sides.
($500 • €464 rates)
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