Antique Maps of Southern Africa
South Africa, Congo, Guinea, Ethiopia, Central Africa

Aethiopia Inferior vel Exterior...

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BLAEU, Joan.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1650, Dutch text edition.

A fine map of South Africa. The title bottom right is displayed on an ox skin, supported by two figures. It covers an area from Congo to Zanzibar and southward to the Cape, with the coastal names mainly in Portuguese. This was the standard map of South Africa throughout the 17th century.

Condition: Fine original colour; very light age-toning to the edges of the margins, otherwise fine example.

Size: 380 x 500mm (15 x 19¾ inches).

Reference: 12790

Price: £580

Aethiopia Superior vel Interior; vulgo Abissinorum sive Presbiteri Ioannis Imperium.

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BLAEU, Willem.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1642, German text edition.

Central Africa and the Kingdom of Prester John. Native figured title cartouche. The interior of the map is decorated with elephants, ostriches and a monkey. From the German text edition of Bleau's atlas.

Condition: Fine original colour; minor age-toning to the edges of margins, one or two light brown spots (probably caused by rust), otherwise a fine example.

Size: 385 x 500mm (15¼ x 19¾ inches).

Reference: 10557

Price: £420

Africa Nova Tabula.

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GASTALDI, Giacomo.

Origin: Venice, 1548.

A fine early map of South Africa by Giacomo Gastaldi, possibly the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century along with Paolo Forlani. Originally from Piedmont, Gastaldi established a reputation and became cosmographer to the Republic of Venice, He also worked with Giovanni Ramusio, Secretary of the Venice Senate, who used Gastaldi's maps for his "Navigationi et Viaggi". This map is from Gastaldi's edition of Ptolemy, "Ptolemeo. La Geografia...," begun as early as 1542 and published in Venice in 1548.

Condition: Uncoloured; light toning with two slightly darker marks from the tape used for a frame along the top margin, minor nicks to the edges of the paper, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 135 x 175mm (5¼ x 7 inches).

Reference: 12154

Price: £210

Cape Colony.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, John Tallis & Company, 1851.

With engraved vignettes including a view of Cape Town. John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.

Condition: Original outline colour; very minor marginal age-toning, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 255 x 325mm (10 x 12¾ inches).

Reference: 7480

Price: £110

Carta Geografica del Capo di Buona Speranza.

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[L'ISLE, Guillaume de.].

Origin: Venice, Girolamo Albrizzi, 1740.

A detailed map of the Cape of Good Hope from 'Atlante Novissimo che Contiene Tutte le Parti del Mondo'. Decorative cartouche shows an elephant and two species of rhinosaurus.

Condition: Uncoloured; light centrefold toning due to guard paste, very light print offset and minor marginal staining, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 335 x 430mm (13¼ x 17 inches).

Reference: 9773

Price: £340

Carte de la Baye de Sainte Helene...

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BELLIN, Jacques Nicholas.

Origin: Paris, 1764-.

A small chart of the coast and inlet of St Helena Bay on the Atlantic coast of Africa north of Capetown. Jaques Nicolas Bellin (1702-720) was the most important French hydrographer of the 18th century. St Helena Bay was "discovered" by the Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama on 7 Nov. 1497, during his pioneer voyage from Europe to India. He named the bay after Saint Helena, a devout, influential Christian and mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.

Condition: Uncoloured; overall fine condition.

Size: 210 x 160mm (8¼ x 6¼ inches).

Reference: 15460

Price: £68

Carte du Royaume de Congo, du Monomotapa et de la Cafrerie.

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CHATELAIN, Henri Abraham.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1719.

A fine detailed map of Southern Africa.

Condition: Uncoloured; dark impression, very minor marginal staining otherwise fine condition.

Size: 405 x 520mm (16 x 20½ inches).

Reference: 8388

Price: £340

Congo, Cafrerie.

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VAUGONDY, G. Robert de.

Origin: Paris, C.F. Delamarche, 1806.

Southern Africa, with an inset of the Horn of Africa.

Condition: Original outline colour; light toning to the margins, overall a good example.

Size: 245 x 280mm (9¾ x 11 inches).

Reference: 2414

Price: £110

D'Eilanden van Capo Verde. De kust en't Landt der Negeren.

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SANSON, Nicholas.

Origin: Paris, 1656-1705.

A map of West Africa and the Cape Verde Islands engraved by A de Winter and published in the Dutch edition of the small atlas by Nicholas Sanson.

Condition: Uncoloured; light marginal age-toning and one minor nick well away from platemark, otherwise fine condition.

Size: 200 x 285mm (7¾ x 11¼ inches).

Reference: 9115

Price: £85

Guinea.

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JANSSON, Joannes.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1630.

A map of Guinea, decorated with elephants, lions and monkeys. Highly detailed figured cartouche and ships adorn the sea area.

Condition: Fine orignial colour; very light age-toning and marginal spotting, expert repairs to centrefold (hardly visible), minor print offsetting, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 385 x 520mm (15¼ x 20½ inches).

Reference: 11163

Price: £430

La Guinea Occidentale che contiene le Isole di Capo Verde il Senegal la Costa Propriamente detta della Guinea.

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ZATTA, Antonio.

Origin: Venice, 1784.

A map of Western Africa, covering the area now known as Senagal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and of course Guinea. From 'Atlante Novissimo'.

Condition: Original colour; very light marginal staining, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 420 x 315mm (16½ x 12½ inches).

Reference: 8506

Price: £98

La Guinea Orientale che contiene li Regni di Loango, Congo, Angola e Benguela.

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ZATTA, Antonio.

Origin: Venice, 1784.

A map of Western Africa, covering the area now known as Nigeria, Cameroon Gabon and Congo. From 'Atlante Novissimo'.

Condition: Original colour; very light marginal staining, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 405 x 310mm (16 x 12¼ inches).

Reference: 8505

Price: £140

Map of Part of the Western Coast of Africa extending from the Isles de Loss to Sherboro Island. Particularly Exhibiting the Discoveries lately made to the N.E. of Sierra Leone by Surgeon O'Beirne and Major Ling.

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WYLD, James.

Origin: London, 1843.

A superbly detailed map of parts of the west coast of Africa. Surgeon Brian O'Beirne led an interesting life and this account appears in "The O'Beirne Family Journal in 2001. Freetown, Sierra Leone was established as a land of settlement for freed Black slaves from North America. Laws prohibiting the slave trade had been passed in 1807 in both Britain and the United States, but enforcement was poor. African Chiefs and Kings were active participants in capturing, enslaving and trading their fellow beings. Attempts were made by the Governors of Sierra Leone to establish commercial trade; one of these was with the Fula of Timbo. Brian O'Beirne, Assistant Staff Surgeon, made an eventful trip from Freetown to Timbo in 1821. A two sheet map joined with a canvas strip, as published.

Condition: Original colour; slight print offset, light spotting and minor foxing, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 650 x 930mm (25½ x 36½ inches).

Reference: 11338

Price: £240

Natal and Kaffraria.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, London Printing & Publishing Co., 1851.

With two vignettes; a view of Durban and Port Natal. John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.

Condition: Original outline colour; very minor marginal soiling, otherwise fine example without centrefold..

Size: 360 x 250mm (14¼ x 9¾ inches).

Reference: 7552

Price: £75

Originalkarte des Westlichen Theiles des Oberen Nil-Gebietes...…

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PETERMANN, A.

Origin: Gotha, 1865.

A contemporary German map showing the various routes of explorers to the interior of Africa, including; Pouncet, Petherick, Morlang, Binder, Speke and Grant, among others.

Condition: Original coloured lithograph; signs of old folds from book, light age-toning, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 525 x 430mm (20¾ x 17 inches).

Reference: 11473

Price: £32

Pays, et Coste des Caffres: Empires de Monomotapa Monoemugi &c.

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SANSON, Nicholas.

Origin: Paris, 1683.

A map of South Africa, with decorative floral cartouche. Engraved by Antoine de Winter.

Condition: Coloured; light age-toning to the margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 200 x 285mm (7¾ x 11¼ inches).

Reference: 13016

Price: £190

South Africa by Jas. Wyld. Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H.Prince Albert.

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WYLD, James.

Origin: London, 1844.

A superbly detailed map of South Africa. Many notes on the map refer to ruins, pools, salt pans, a forest of mimosa etc. A fascinating map.

Condition: Original colour; slight print offset, light spotting and minor foxing, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 515 x 825mm (20¼ x 32½ inches).

Reference: 11339

Price: £380

T Koninkryk van Congo, enz.

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SANSON, Nicholas.

Origin: Paris, c.1680.

A map of West Africa and the area of Gabon, Congo and Zaire.

Condition: Coloured; short centrefold split, repaired, light print offsetting, otherwise good conditiion.

Size: 203 x 278mm (8 x 11 inches).

Reference: 9427

Price: £68

Western Africa.

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TALLIS, John.

Origin: London, John Tallis & Company, 1851.

With engraved vignettes including a panorama of Sierra Leone. John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.

Condition: Original outline colour; very light age-toning to margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 255 x 345mm (10 x 13½ inches).

Reference: 8222

Price: £42