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  AFRICA 
 Northern Africa 

BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [The Empire of Prester John in central Africa]
Æthiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium. Amsterdam, 1640, Latin edition. Original colour. 385 x 505mm.
A decorative map of Eastern Africa with the fictitious kingdom of Prester John, the mythical Christian king. The map shows a wide section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan. Highly embellished with elephants, ostriches and other animals within the map, as well as the decorative cartouche. The two Ptolemaic lakes of Zaire and Zaflan are in the lower portion of the map. Lake Niger, and the supposed course of the Niger River, is shown flowing westward. This map is based on Ortelius' map of Prester John of 1573. The myth of Prester John, the good Christian King of Africa waging his own crusade and defeating the enemies of Christianity, was based upon earlier legends of the Crusaders and is a fascinating piece of early mythological cartographic history KOEMAN: Bl 22.
[Ref: 13304]    £600.00 ($804 • €683 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of Egypt]
Ægypti Recentior Descriptio. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of Egypt. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14702]    £65.00 ($87 • €74 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of Barbary]
Barbariae et Biledulgerid, Nova Descriptio. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of Barbary. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14703]    £65.00 ($87 • €74 rates)


GOOS, Pieter. [17th Century Sea chart with the Azores, Canaries and Cape Verde Islands]
De Cust van Barbaria, Gualata, Arguyn, en Genheo, van Capo S. Vicente tot Capo Verde. Amsterdam, c.1680. Original colour. 430 x 525mm. A few signs of age.
Sea-chart of north-west Africa, orientated with north to the left, showing northern Africa from the Straits of Gibraltar to Cape Verde, marking the Azores, Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands. A cartouche with rampant lion and leopard fills inland Africa.
[Ref: 17619]    £650.00 ($871 • €740 rates)


BLOME, Richard. [17th century map of the Barbary Coast of Africa]
A Generall Mapp of the Coast of Barbarie, where are the Kingdoms and Estates of Morocco, Fez, Algier, Tunis and Tripolis: Also the Kingdoms, Estates, and Deserts of Barca, Egipt, Libya, Biledulgerid, Segelmesse, and Darha; with the Circumjacent Counteries. By Mounsieur Sanson Geographer to the French King, and Rendered into English, and Illustrated by Richard Blome : By his Majesties Especiall Command. London, 1670. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined, total 345 x 1060mm. Narrow lateral margins as issued.
A scarce map of the north African coast, also showing southern Spain, Sicily, the Morea and Crete, southern Turkey and Cyprus. Detail decreases the further south the map shows, with towns replaced with vignette lions, elephants, camels and ostriches. At the time of publication Tangier was a British possession, given to Charles II as part of the dowry when he married Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguse Infanta in 1662. Charles planned to make the town the fortress/gatekeeper to the Mediterranean, the role Gibraltar later took on, but the British were driven from Tangier in 1684. The map was engraved by Francis Lamb for Blome's 'Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World', the second folio world atlas published in England, first issued in 1669. Along the top of the map is a line of 36 armorials, testament to Blome's skill at raising money by subscription. Among the names are James Compton, 3rd Earl of Northampton and Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, and Elias Ashmole, whose bequest of books and manuscripts formed the basis of the Ashmolean Museum.
[Ref: 15295]    £900.00 ($1,206 • €1,025 rates)


BLOME, Richard. [Royal backing for British slave trade]
Africa or Libia Ulteriour Where are the Countries of Saara Desert the Countrie of Negroes and Guine with the Circumjacent Countries and Kingdoms. Designed by Monsieur Sanson, Geographer to the French King, & Rendered into English, by Richard Blome, By the Kings Especiall Command. Printed for Richard Blome 1669. London, 1670. 295 x 410mm.
A scarce map of north-west Africa, dedicated 'To ye Hono.bl ye Governour, Sub Gouvernour, Deputy Gouvernor, & Court of Assistants of ye Hono.bl Company of Royall Advernturers of England tradeing into Africa'. It was engraved by Francis Lamb and published in Blome's 'Geographical Description of the Four Parts of the World'. The Company was founded on the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 with a charter stating it 'had the whole, entire and only trade for buying and selling bartering and exchanging of for or with any Negroes, slaves, goods, wares, merchandise whatsoever' for a thousand years. Charles II was generous with the terms because he was one of the company's main investors and his brother James, Duke of York (later James II) was the governor mentioned here. Many of the slaves were branded with DY in James's honour. In the first two years of trade the company made a million pounds, of which Charles was due half, but war with the Dutch caused the company to fall into debt. In 1672 the company re-emerged as the Royal African Company, which continued as slavers until 1731.
[Ref: 15175]    £750.00 ($1,005 • €854 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [Mauretania & The Sahara]
Le Biledulgerid Ou Numidie Et Le Zaara Autrement Le Desert.. Paris, 1682, original outline colour, 105 x 130mm.
A miniature map of Mauretania and the Western Sahara marking its topography, rivers and settlements. From Du Val's miniature atlas 'La Géographie Universelle'.
[Ref: 10828]    £80.00 ($107 • €91 rates)


DU VAL, Pierre. [Nubia]
Nubie. Paris, 1682, original outline colour, 105 x 130mm.
A miniature map of Nubia (now composed of parts of Egypt and Sudan) marking its topography, tribal lands, rivers and settlements. From Du Val's miniature atlas 'La Géographie Universelle'.
[Ref: 10830]    £80.00 ($107 • €91 rates)


CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [Capo Verde Islands]
Bocche del Fiume Negro et Isole di Capo Verde... Venice, c.1690. Coloured. 460 x 610mm. Small repair on platemark.
Senegal, Gambia & Guinea-Bissau with the Capo Verde Islands. The title is on a banner held up by putti.
[Ref: 7413]    £350.00 ($469 • €399 rates)


CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. [Djerba]
Isola, e Castello di Gerbi... Venice, 1691. 225 x 305mm, set in text.
The Tunisian island of Djerba, the largest African island in the Mediterranean. The Barbary pirate Barbarossa used the island as a base for his actions against European ships. Published in the 'Isolario'.
[Ref: 7397]    £200.00 ($268 • €228 rates)


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