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40 BLAEU, W. Africae nova descriptio. Amsterdam, 1650. Coloured. Some marginal discolouration of paper due to previous framing. Paper thinness along center fold. Laid down on Japanese paper. Remains of tape on verso of margins, due to framing. 410 x 553 mm.
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¤ Much of the geographical information is still based on the Ptolemaic maps, with the Nile shown with its source in the Lakes Zaire and Zaflan. Also included are various other mythical lakes and rivers including the famous Lake Sachaf of Laurent Fries. Only coastal towns are named on the Cape, with the printing covering much of the Unknown territory.
Decorated with elephants, lions, ostriches etc. on the land areas, and ships and sea monsters on the sea.
With columns on either side depicting ten views of the native manner of dress and nine city and town plans above.



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41 SANSON, N./ MARIETTE, P. Afrique Par N. Sanson d'Abbevile. Paris, ca. 1652. In original o/l colours. Good and dark impression. Slightly age-toned, else good. 390 x 550 mm.
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¤ According to Betz, this is a landmark map of Africa, It is the first French map to depict significantly new information. The map is known in one state. The map was prepared and issued separately in 1650 in anticipation of Sanson's atlas "Les Carte Generale...
Fine map of Africa including the twin lake sources of the Nile and a peculiar mountain ranges. The format includes the Canary and Cape Verde Islands as well as several other Atlantic islands and a tip of the coastline of Brazil. Also includes Madagascar and many islands in the Indian Ocean.
Engraved by Abraham Peyrounim (c.1620 - c.1666), with address of Pierre Mariette: rue st.Jacques a L'Esperance .
Nicolas Sanson was to bring about the rise of French cartography, although the fierce competition of the Dutch would last until the end of the century. His success was partly owing to the partnership with the publisher Pierre Mariette. In 1644 the latter had purchased the business of Melchior Tavernier, and helped Sanson with financial support in producing the maps. In 1657 Pierre Marriette died, however his son, also named Pierre, co-published Les Cartes Générales de toutes les parties du Monde. the following year. It was the first folio French produced world atlas. Betz, Africa, 78. caughlin, California 18.



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42 SANSON, N. / JAILLOT, H. L'Afrique divisée suivant l'estendue de ses principales parties… Paris, 1719. Beau col. Pliure médiane marquée. Cartouche et échelle col. 458 x 638 mm.
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¤ Gravé par L. Cordier. - The two large lakes, Zaire/Zembre and Zaflan, in Central Africa, are conspicuous as the origin of the Nile. The river Zaire (Congo) also arises from Lake Zaire. Norwich, Maps of Africa, map 46



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Egypte


43 BRAUN, G. / HOGENBERG, F. Cairus, quae olim Babylon, … Cologne, 1590. Col. Habilement restauré le long du pli central. 335 x 485 mm.
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¤ Contemporaneous bird's-eye view of the city and surroundings showing the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Egypt had fallen to the Turks during the reign of Selim I at the beginning of the 16th century and this fine rather stylised pictorial plan shows the capital Cairo during early Ottoman rule. Behind a foreground group of travellers and horsemen, the sweeping line of River Nile with the City and its environs beyond. The map includes representations of the famous Pyramids and Sphinx at Gaza to the right, as well as illustrations of crocodiles in the Nile River.



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Canaries


44 COLOM, A. De Kust van Barbarien. . . / De Reede voor de Stadt Angra. . . / De Eylanden van Madera. . . / De Vlaamsche Eylanden By Jacob Colom. . . / Amsterdam, 1658. Uncoloured. Repair of a small split in lower part center fold, 4cm. into engraved area. Some shine true of text on verso. Dutch text. 549 x 633 mm.
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¤ Rare chart of the Canaries. Lower right pagination number 35. Unusually large scale chart. Eight charts on one sheet, with on verso Dutch text and two wood cut profiles of Marbella and Malaga.





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Afrique centrale


45 BLAEU, W. Aethiopia Superior vel Interior vulgo Abissinorum. Amsterdam, 1638. In original o/l colours. Good condition. Paper very slightly age-toned. No text on verso. With some contemporary manuscript annotations in brown ink. 385 x 496 mm.
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¤ An attractive map of the Eastern African and the fictitious kingdom of Prester John. The map shows a major section of central and eastern Africa including Mozambique north to present day Sudan The map contains numerous coastal place names such as Mozambique Island, Quiloa, Mombaza, and Melinde indicating the importance of the area to both Arab, Portuguese, and traders and explorers from other countries. The Congo region on the west coast of Africa is included in this map.
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 king defeating the enemies of Christianity, was in part a response to Mongol and Islamic pressures on Christian Europe. Initially, Prester John was placed in Asia, but later in East Africa. The center of the map above ,Amara mons, the kingdom of Prester John, shows a note in Latin to the effect that here the sons are Prester John are held in confinement. This map was copied by Janssonius and a number of other cartographers.
Like most Blaeu maps of Africa, this map is decorated with various animals. The Blaeu maps are, esteemed by collectors for their decorative quality, historical importance, and as the highest expression of Dutch cartographic art during the period of its supremacy.

As Willem Blaeu died in 1638 most of his maps are actually published by his son Joan. This maps carries his (engraved) signature and was actually published in volume II of a French edition of his "Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas", dated 1638, therefore published the last year of his life.
No text on verso. From a French composite atlas. V.d. Krogt, Atlantes Neerlandici, Vol. II, 8720:2.



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46 CORONELLI, V.M. Isole Azzori, o Azzoridi. . . Venice, ca. 1696. Very good condition. The map has a few paper creases which easily can be removed. 454 x 590 mm.
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¤ A beautiful and highly decorative map of the Azores Islands. With large title cartouche in the upper right corner decorated with coral, fish, seaweeds and pearl chains.
Inset plan of Angra do Heroismo in the Terceira Island in the lower left part, embedded in a large piece of drapery held by sea creatures.
On verso a plan of "Angra in Tercera" (130x162mm).
The map is the product of the late 17th century Venetian cartographer, Vincenzo Coronelli.
A decorative title cartouche appears bottom left in the form of a banner supported by playful winged mermaids and cherubs.
The remarkable Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), encyclopaedist, geographer, inventor and Doctor of Theology, was citizen of the Republic of Venice.
He was also one of the most prominent mapmakers and publishers in Europe of his day.




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Madagascar Ile Maurice La Réunion


47 CORONELLI, V.M. Isola di Madagascar, o di S. Lorenzo . . . Venice, 1698. Uncoloured. Very good condition. Printed on heavy paper. Dark impression. 600 x 450 mm.
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¤ A beautiful and flamboyantly engraved large-scale map of Madagascar, formerly named San Lorenzo by the discoverers, the Portuguese. Shows also in detail the Comorra Islands Group and, very nice an detailed the Ile de Bourbon, better known as Ile de “Reunion". Also showing the nearest coast line of Mozambique..

The map is the product of the late 17th century Venetian cartographer, Vincenzo Coronelli.
A decorative title cartouche appears bottom left in the form of a banner supported by playful winged mermaids and cherubs.
The remarkable Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), encyclopaedist, geographer, inventor and Doctor of Theology, was citizen of the Republic of Venice.
He was also one of the most prominent mapmakers and publishers in Europe of his day.



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48 SCHALL / LE GRAND, A. L'Enfance de Paul et Virginie. Paris, ca. 1790. Trace de pli transversal. - Belle impression. - Very good condition. Dark impression. 395 x 455 mm.
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¤ Peint par Schall et gravé par A. Legrand. - Bernardin de Saint Pierre's novel Paul and Virginie was first published in 1788 and became an instant best seller. The story generated numerous visual illustrations produced independently of the text.



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Afrique du Sud


49 BELLIN, J.N. Carte de False Bay et de la Baie de la Table. Paris, Dépôt de la Marine, ca.1824. Papier jauni, petite taches. Trou dans le papier en haut à gauche. Doublé. - Paper age toned and spotted. Hole in paper, upper left, close to Robben Island, underlaid. 631 x 466 mm.
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¤ Carte marine de la côte sud-africaine depuis l'île de Robben jusqu'au Cap de Bonne Espérance et False Bay. - Very large and detailed chart of the South African coast from Robben Island to Cape of Good Hope, False Bay and False Cape.
Upper right corner the title : CARTE DE FALSE BAY ET DE LA BAIE DE LA TABLE. PUBLIEE PAR ORDRE DU ROI, Sous Ministere de Son Excellence M. le Marquis DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE, Pair de France, Secretaire d'Etat au Departement de la Marine et de Colonies.



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