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LE VAILLANT, F. - Carte de la Partie Méridionale de l'Afrique, pour servir d'intelligence aux deux voyages de Le Vaillant.

LE VAILLANT, F. - Carte de la Partie Méridionale de l'Afrique, pour servir d'intelligence aux deux voyages de Le Vaillant.
Carte de la Partie Méridionale de l'Afrique, pour servir d'intelligence aux deux voyages de Le Vaillant. - LE VAILLANT, F.
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Title : Carte de la Partie Méridionale de l'Afrique, pour servir d'intelligence aux deux voyages de Le Vaillant..
Map maker : LE VAILLANT, F..
Date : H. J. Jansen et Comp., Paris, 1795.
Size : 23.8 x 34.6 inches. / 60.5 x 88.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :This map depict François Le Vaillant's (1753-1824) two journeys into the interior of Africa, during the years 1783, 1784 and 1785. The route through Namaqualand and along the southern coast marks the halting places, and the adventures encountered make interesting reading.
His route and halting places are clearly shown. His published narrative, which first appeared in both French and English in 1790, is one of the earliest accounts of travel by Europeans in southern Africa and is prized for its illustrations of native peoples and wildlife. Mendelssohn, I, 892, 889, 890: 'His description is unique for this period, as little information respecting these regions had been published up to this date'.
From : "Second Voyage dans l'Interieur de l'Afrique par le Cap de Bonne-Esperance dans les Annees 1783, 84 et 85. Paris, Chez H. J. Jansen et Comp., An 3 [1795]".
Not all editions had the map. Mendelssohn claims the first edition was in 1796, which was issued with a map, not issued in this earlier edition 1795. The second expedition was to Namaqualand, Damaraland, Bechcuanaland and the Kalahari Desert.
It provides an interesting and early narrative of South Africa at a time when it was little known.
Le Vaillant was the son of the French consul in Dutch Guiana (today’s Surinam). When he returned to Europe, he studied natural history in Metz, France. In 1781, he was sent by the Dutch East India Company to its Cape Colony in southern Africa, which it had established in 1652 with the founding of Cape Town. Over the next several years, Le Vaillant made two major journeys—one eastwards from the Cape, the other north, across the Orange River, into territory of the Great Namaquas, today’s Namibia—collecting specimens and taking notes on everything he observed. Although he lacked formal training and opposed the systematic nomenclature introduced by Carolus Linnaeus, he became an enthusiastic field ornithologist and accomplished hunter. His published narrative, which first appeared in both French and English in 1790, is one of the earliest accounts of travel by Europeans in southern Africa and is prized for its illustrations of native peoples and wildlife. Today, Le Vaillant is considered the founder of African ornithology and several African birds have been named for him, such as Levaillant’s Woodpecker and Levaillant’s Cuckoo.
Condition : In mint condition. Folded as issued. In upper right corner "Atlas Plate 1.


ID: 33788

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