antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Africa) Guillaume Delisle. Paris, 1730. Sold

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"Carte d'Afrique"

A gorgeous large scale map of Africa, the Mediterranean, Spain, Italy, Sardinia, "Arabia", "Perse", "Etat du Mogol,etc. by the foremost cartographer of the 18th century. The coast of "Bresil" is shown at the lower left and parts of Asia on the upper right.

Delisle’s maps of Africa were influential  for almost 100 years. In 1700 he published his first map of the continent establishing its correct longitude and accurately presenting the northern coast. He was also the first mapmaker to show the correct source of the Blue Nile.  This map provides some topographical detail and a great deal of information on the locations of native tribes; information largely gained through the slave trade and not trusted by subsequent cartographers. They  showed the interior of the continent blank or as “Parts Unknown.” 


Copper plate engraving with full original color, perfectly preserved.
Very nice condition save a few light stains around center margin at bottom.
22 5/8 x 25 3/8 inches, sheet.