by COVENS, Jean and MORTIER, Cornielle (after Guillaume Delisle)
Amsterdam: Covens & Mortier. unbound. Map. Engraving with original outline hand coloring. Sheet measures 21.25" x 25.75" Beautiful map of the continent shown in detail, reflecting the geography of the region known during the mid-18th century. Throughout, the map notes several kingdoms and tribes. The map shows extensive detail along the coast, especially along the Mediterranean coast, northeast Africa and the western and southern areas of the continent as these regions were well explored at the time due to European interests. The interiors are relatively less detailed. Delisle map of 1722 was the first to correctly show the source of the Nile at Lake Tana (Dambea) rather than the earlier Ptolemaic concept. It also correctly shows the Senegal and Niger Rivers separated. The southern African gold mining regions of Monomotapa (supposed location of King Solomon's mines) and Monoemugi are identified. The early mapping of Lake Malawi, which would officially be discovered only a hundred years later, is noted. A beautifully engraved title cartouche adorns the top left corner with another cartouche with an advertisement in the bottom left. Map is engraved by J. Kondet. The map is in good condition with minor wear and toning along the original centerfold. Minor foxing at places. Full margins. Deaccession stamp verso "Western Reserve Historical Society" The Amsterdam publishing firm of Covens and Mortier (1665-c. 1862) was established by Cornelius Mortier and Jean Covens. Together, the two republished the works of great 17th and early 18th century Dutch and French cartographers such as De L'Isle, Allard, Jansson, De Wit, and Ottens. The firm quickly grew into one of the largest and most prolific Dutch publishing outfits of the 18th century and enjoyed a long and prolific life under a variety of names. Guillaume Delisle (1675-1726) was a legendary French cartographer known for introducing a new standard of accuracy into 17th-century mapmaking. He was one of the cartographers who propelled the French school of map-making away from Dutch dominance. The French school emphasized science and accuracy over ornament. His family took over the business and kept publishing maps well into the late 18th century. He used astronomical observations to determine locations and draw more precise coastlines. He continually updated his maps and dispelled prevailing geographical inaccuracies throughout his life. (Inventory #: 272848)
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