Antique rare maps of Africa


1655 - Royme. et Desert de Barca et L'Egypte Divisee en ses douze Cassiss. . . 1655

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Nice example of Sanson's 1655 double-page engraved map of Egypt stretching west to the Gulf of Sirte. Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) sometimes called Nicolas Sanson d'Abbeville or Sanson d'Abbeville, was the most important French cartographer of the 17th...


1657 - Royaume et Desert De Barca, et L'Aegypte divisee en se Princiaples Parties

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Fine example of Egypt and eastern Libya first published by Nicholas Sanson in 1657. Sanson was the Royal Geographer to the King of France and perhaps the most important commercial mapmaker of his generation.


1660 - Nova Aegypti Tabula

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A nice example of Blaeu's modern map of Egypt, in fine old color. The map shows Egypt oriented with east at the top, centered on the Nile River. Pyramids are illustrated in two locations along the Nile. The copper plate for this map eventually went...


1661 - Aegyptus Antiqua Divisa in Nomos . . .

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Decorative map of ancient Egypt by Pierre du Val published in an historical atlas by Phillip Cluverius. The map is oriented with the north to the right.


1690 - Jobi Ludolfi Habessinia Seu Abassia Presbyteri Johannis Regio . . . MDCLXXXIII

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Scarce late 17th Century map of the Upper Nile and Kingdom of Prester John, based upon Jobi Ludolfi map of 1683. The map provides a detailed treatment of Ethiopia and the Eritrean coast, originating from an Ethiopian manuscript. Embellished with...


1708 - Vue de la Ville du Grand Caire, et de ses Environs

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Antique engraved view of Cairo, with several supporting vignettes, from the famous Atlas Historique of Henri Chatelain, published in Amsterdam in between 1705 and 1720. The views near the River Nile are filled with palms and boats.


1710 - Description Des Piramides D'Egypte Tant Au Dedans Qu'au Dehors De Leur Grandeur . . . [Sphinx & Pyramids

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Interesting view showing 5 views of the pyramids and an image of the Sphinx. This view appeared in Henri Chatelain's monumental 7 volume Atlas Historique.


1711 - Aegyptus et Cyrene

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Detailed ancient map of the region between the Gulf of Lybia and the Red Sea, with marvelous detail along the Mediterranean Coastline and the Nile. Includes many ancient placenames throughout. From the Atlas geographus, edited by J. Nicholson, London...


1712 - A New Map of the North Part of Antient Africa Shewing the Chief People, Cities, Towns, Rivers, Mountains &c . . . Dedicated to his Highness William Duke of Glocester

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Decorative map of the north part of Ancient Africa. This decorative map was part of a set of 22 maps dedicated to William, Duke of Glouchester, who was then an 11 year old student at Oxford.


1718 - Aegyptus Inferior sive Delta . . .

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Detailed map of the Lower Part of Egypt, embellished with a cartouche illustrating 16 early Egyptian Coins. Provides a large format look at the Nile Delta, extending south the area near Memphis, Goshen, Nilopolis and Heracleopolis.


1718 - Aegyptus Antiqua In suas Partes et Nomos divisa cum Troglodytice Marmarica et Aethiopia supra Aegyptum . . .

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Detailed map of Egypt, embellished with a cartouche illustrating 11 early Egyptian Coins. Provides a fine image of Egypt and the Red Sea, extending south the Astaboras River.


1719 - Description de la Ville d'Alexandrie et des Antiquites Remarquables qu'on y voit

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A magnificent panoramic view of the great Egyptian port city of Alexandria accompanied by detailed views of the ruins of Cleopatra's palace, the Obelisk of Alexandria, and "the interior construction of towers." The images are keyed to the surrounding...


1720 - Description Du Nil de ses Sources, De Son Cours Depuis Les Cataractes Jusques Au Caire, Avec Une Carte Tres Exacte De Ce Fleuver & Des Environs Copiee Sur Celle Quie Ete Dessinee Sur Lesa Lieux et Presentee Depuis au Roy de France Louis XIV

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Detailed map of the course of the Nile, from the cataracts of the Nile at the south (top of the image) to Cairo and Giza. At the right, one of the Pyramids is shown (1400 Pieds tall), with additional images at the left from the Nile River Valley.


1720 - Aegyptus Hodierna Ex itinerario Celeberrimi viri Pauli Lucae, Franci desumta ac novissime repraesentata

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Nice full color example of Homann's decorative map of Egypt. Homann's map of Egypt is focused on the Nile River Valley from the Mediterranean to below the first cataract at the confluence of the White and Blue Nile. Nearly a third of the map is...


1755 - Plan de l'Isle de Rodda, avec ses Environs.

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Antique engraved map of Roda Island in Cairo, Egypt. This map comes from the 1755 Copenhagen edition of Frederic Louis Norden's Voyage D'Egypte et de Nubie, in which it was plate 25. There are other editions of the map with different text settings...


1760 - Essay D'Une Carte D'Egypte Faite au Cayre en 1715

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Scarce map of a portion of Egypt, focused on the course of the Nile River. The title suggests that the map is based upon a map made in Cairo in 1715. The map extends from the Cataracts of the Nile and Aswan to the Nile River Delta, meticulously...