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Book Number 2984 
Author Nicolas Sanson I 
Title L Afrique En Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles, et Exactes, & en Divers Traicte s de Geographie, et d Histoire. 
Date c. 1656 
Publisher Nicolas Sanson 
Place of Publication Paris 
Edition First edition. 
Volume Information  
Cover Full contemporary calf, expertly rebacked with spine in six compartments of raised bands and finely-gilt motifs, morocco label on two, edges speckled red.  
Illustration Recent stencilled title. Complete with 18 maps of Africa and its territories, in original outline colour. 
Size 4to 
Condition Lower right corner of the first eight leaves strengthened, otherwise a very good copy, maps and text are clean and crisp. In protective cloth slipcase. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. 1-96. 
Reference Tooley IV:103; Tooley Africa 100 (Peyrounin edition); Norwich 37 & 158. 
Translation Info  
Notes This atlas was dedicated to the Superintendent of Finances at the time, Nicolas Fouquet. Regarding a map of South and Central Africa published the year before (which bears resemblance to this map of South Africa--‘Pays, et Costes des Caffres’--in particular), Norwich writes: “This map, although a fine example of cartography, is based on very little information; for example, the desert-like coast of South West Africa is presented as a land rich in rivers. The fictitious states are given fictitious boundaries and the interior is marked with large cities such as Vigiti Magna and Monomotapa. This information led to subsequent exploration, in search of these fabulous cities. Although the map is dated three years after the foundation of a settlement at the Cape by Jan van Riebeeck, no mention is made of any European settlement anywhere in the south.” 
Price (US$) 5500  
Short Description Book Africa General; Book Atlas & Cartography General; 
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