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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1720Delisle, GuillaumeAmsterdamL Afrique Dressee sur les Observations de M.rs de l Academie Royale des Sciences$1,250 Picture

An engraved map with hand colored wash

Size: 23-3/4 inches X 18 inches

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy, with vivid hand-drawn outline colors.

This map is one of the landmarks in the history of the mapping of Africa. It was first issued by Delisle in 1700 and is distinguished by his scientific approach to cartography. Most of the maps of Africa issued in the eighteenth century were based on this map or his revision of 1722.

The Nile is correctly shown with its origins in Abyssinia. The Congo or River Zaire, R. du Saint Esprit and the Zambezi appear in the south, along with the Portuguese settlements of Sean, Tete and Chicora. Several native kingdoms are named, as well as the site of various mining districts. The title cartouche is beautifully decorated with elephants, an ostrich, natives and a crocodile. Second title in Latin above the upper neatline "Africa Accurate in Imperia, Regna, Status & Portulos Divisa, ad Usum…"

References: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Volume 1 Page 353, Delisle family, Scott, Valerie, Map Collector Publications, Tring, Hertz, England, 1999

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