CARTE D'AFRIQUE DRESSE POUR L'USAGE DU ROY
Cartographer: DE L'ISLE Family
Date: 1700 / 1772 Paris
Size: 49*63 cms
Very Attractive map covering the whole of Africa including southern Europe and the whole of the Middle East. This is a later reissue of the famous and important De L'isle map of 1722.
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; and there are ranges of mountains in the southwest that go down to the Cape.
Original outline colour
Very good condition.
Moreland and Bannister, Antique Maps p. 132; Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , 395.
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