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COVENS, J. / MORTIER, C. - Carte d'Afrique Dressée pour l'usage du Roy..

COVENS, J. / MORTIER, C. -  Carte d'Afrique Dressée pour l'usage du Roy..
Carte d'Afrique Dressée pour l'usage du Roy.. - COVENS, J. / MORTIER, C.
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Title : Carte d'Afrique Dressée pour l'usage du Roy...
Map maker : COVENS, J. / MORTIER, C..
Date : Amsterdam c. 1745.
Size : 19.8 x 24.7 inches. / 50.4 x 62.7 cm.
Colouring : Original o/l colour.

Description :Detailed copper-engraved map covering the whole of Africa including southern Europe and the whole of the Middle East.
Geographical knowledge in Africa was mostly garnered from a few early missionaries, sea captains and traders, who explored the coast, but had no direct knowledge of the interior. Even the great rivers of Africa were for many reasons unexplored by the whites. The huge trade in slaves, ivory, gold and other items took place at coastal forts through middle men. Not until the latter half of the 19th century did any degree of accuracy begin to appear in maps of Africa.
Nevertheless, De l'Isle, characteristically, amassed a great deal of information based on reports about the continent, and some of it is in a general way true: the long thin lake north of the Zambezi corresponds to Lake Tanganyika; two source rivers join to form the Nile. There are ranges of mountains in the southwest that go down to the Cape.
The Amsterdam issue, with decorative title cartouche.
Condition : Printed on heavy paper, slightly age-toned as usual. Short left and right hand margins as issued. Good impression. Very good condition.

ID: 21453

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