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AA, Pieter van der.
[18th Century Map of Egypt] Egypte, partie de l'Afrique... Amsterdam, c.1725. Coloured. 300 x 375mm.
A map of Egypt with the river Nile, orientated with north to the right. The cartouche shows the pyramids and sphinx.
($406 • €377 rates)
HOMANN, Johann Baptist.
[Decorative old map of Egypt and the Nile] Ægyptus Hodierna Ex itinerario Celeberrimi Viri. Pauli Lucæ Franci desumpta... Nuremberg, c.1725. Original colour. 585 x 500mm.
Antique map of Egypt, showing the course of the Nile up to the Cataracts. Frenchman Paul Lucas (1664-1737) visited Egypt several times and published descriptions of his discoveries. His accounts, however, are regarded as being unreliable, a charge borne out by the odd illustrations lower left, which include a portrait of Lucas sketching antiquities.
($500 • €464 rates)
HOMANN, Johann Christoph.
[Early 19th Century map of Morocco in fine original colour] Statuum Maroccanorum... Nuremberg, 1728. Original colour. 490 x 550mm. A good, strong impression.
A decorative map of Morocco in fine original colour, also showing Madeira and the Canary Islands. The title cartouche depicts Moors, a serpent, lion and ostrich. Under the map are prospects of Marrakesh and Meknes. Johann Christoph was the son of Johann Baptist, and took over the family business on his father's death in 1724. However he only survived his father by six years, dying at the age of twenty-nine. From then on the firm took on the rather anonymous appellation 'Homann's Heirs'.
($563 • €522 rates)
[Oran, celebrating its recapture by the Spanish in 1732] Topographica Repræsentatio Barbarici Portus et Urbis Munitæ Oran... Nuremberg, 1732. Original wash colour. 495 x 570mm.
Chart of the environs of Oran in Algeria, with a panorama of the city and environs, decorated with several seacraft. In 1509 Spain captured Oran from the Moors, but in 1708, with Spain disadvantaged by the War of the Spanish Succession, they were driven out by the Turkish Bey, Mustapha Ben Youssef. In 1732 José Carrillo de Albornoz, 1st Duke of Montemar (1671-1747), recaptured Oran, causing this map to be published, after which the Spanish held the city until 1792, when the Spanish saw no point in keeping it, when it was handed over to the Bey of Algiers.
($275 • €255 rates)
MYLLER, Angelicus Maria
Plan Von Gros Cairo. Prague, Hiller, c.1732, 150 x 180mm A very fine example.
A bird's eye view of Cairo, showing the Nile and the pyramids. From Myller's book entitled "Peregrinus In Jerusalem". Myller journeyed from Rome to Jerusalem then on to Troy, Gallipoli and Constantinople. From Constantinople he travelled to Egypt and then to Syria. Finally from Syria he travelled to Malta and back to Rome
($200 • €186 rates)
COVENS & MORTIER.
[18th century map of Egypt, focusing on the Nile] Carte de l'Egypte et le cours du Nil... Amsterdam, c.1745. Outline colour. 630 x 480mm.
Detailed map of Egypt showing the delineation of the River Nile. Inserts show the Nile delta according to Herodotum, Strabonem, Diodorum, Plinium and Ptolemaeum.
($813 • €754 rates)
[West Africa] A new and correct Map of the Coast of Africa from Cape Blanco... to the Coast of Angola... With explanatory notes of all the Forts and Settlements belonging to the several European Powers. London, c.1750. Coloured. 410 x 510mm.
Western Africa, with a larger-scale inset of the Gold Coast showing roads into the interior. The forts of the English, Dutch, French and Portuguese are listed, with an extensive key. Against one fort is noted that the French 'supplied their Sugar Colonies from hence, where they have no right to trade, with vast quantities of the choicest negros upon the whole coast'.
($438 • €406 rates)
[Egypt] A Map Of Ancient Aegypt From Celarius. London, John Hinton, 1756, coloured, 310 x 210mm Original folds flattened.
Ancient Egypt marking its cities and topography, the title contained in a decorative cartouche in the shape of a pyramid surrounded by ancient Egyptian antiquities such as a Sphinx and a mummy. As stated in the title, the information contained on this map is gleaned from Celarius, a 17th Century mapmaker, known for his works dealing with the ancient world. Published in "A History Of The New Testament Of Our Lord And Saviour Jesus Christ..."
($150 • €139 rates)
[Map of the island of Gorée to illustrate news of the Seven Years' War] The Island of Goree. London: T.Kinnersley, 1759, Sheet 105 x 205mm.
A map of the French colony on Gorée, now part of the city of Dakar, Senegal. It became a target for British operations during the Seven Years' War (1756-63), and a fleet was sent to capture it in Dember 1758, under Admiral Augustus Keppel, The attack was successfull and the island remained in British hands until 1763, when it was handed it back by the Treaty of Paris. This map was published in the February edition of 'The Grand Magazine of Magazines. or Universal Register'. Mostly written by David Henry, the magazine was published as a competitor to the 'Gentleman's Magazine'. The circulation was never high and it folded in 1760.
($125 • €116 rates)
RASPE, Gabriel Nikolaus.
[The British attack on the French Colony of St Louis, Senegal] Grundriss von dem Fort St Louis auf dem Eylande der Sanaga oder Senegal. Nuremberg, Raspe, c.1760. Original colour. 220 x 370mm. Stitch holes in left margin.
A scarce map of the French Fort St Louis, Senegal, published in Raspe's 'Schau Platz des gegenwaertigen Kriegs' (Plates illustrating the Current Wars). It was the first permanent French settlement in Africa, an important trading post for slaves, hides, beeswax & ambergris. As such it became a target for the British during the Seven Years' War. In a plan devised by an American merchant, Thomas Cumming, two warships and 200 men suprised the French and took it without loss, striking a serious blow to the French economy. The British kept St Louis at the end of the war but the French recaptured it in 1779 during the American War of Independence and Britain signed it away in the 1783 Treaty of Paris.
($563 • €522 rates)
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