1. CARTA GENERALE SECONDA D'AFFRICA

 

 

Carta generale seconda d’Affrica

 

TITLE Carta Generale Seconda D'Affrica

 

HEADLINE

 

CARTOGRAPHER Robert Dudley (1574-1649)

 

PUBLICATION DATE 1646

 

PUBLICATIONS Dell' Arcano del mare (Florence: Francesco Onofri; 1646 & 661); the map

appears in the text opposite page 39 of Book II - not in the Atlas Volume.

 

DIMENSIONS 47.5cm x 38.0cm

 

TECHNOLOGY Copperplate

 

ENGRAVER A. F. Lucini Fece

 

PRIME MERIDIAN Azores

 

VERSO Blank

 

CONDITION Surface dirt and join stain.  Plate margin closely trimmed at top right.  Impression is strong.

 

HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION This is a rare sea chart of southern Africa, published in Sir Robert Dudley's atlas, Dell' Arcano del Mare (Secrets of the Sea), the first sea atlas compiled by an Englishman and one of the rarest and most sought after sea atlases.  Apparently it took forty years to prepare the Arcano and twelve to execute.  (Sotheby's Catalogue, Wardington Sale, 2005).  According to Betz 'Dudley's Arcano del mare is one of the greatest maritime atlases of the world and one of the most complex ever produced.  Dudley's work was the only exception to the total dominance of sea-atlas production by the Dutch for nearly a century.'  The atlas had the first charts based on on Mercator's projections, as corrected by Edward Wright, to show prevailing winds and currents in the main harbours and anchorages, and to give magnetic declination; it was though that there was no magnetic declination at the Azores prime meridian.

 

The map was not known until recently; this example of the map does not have 'XVIII' and 'L°2°' at the end of the title seen in the Norwich example.  At the bottom right, there is an inset map from the Horn of Africa south to just below the island of Zanzibar and the islands of the Seychelles.

 

Dudley was the illegitimate son of the Earl of Leicester, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I.  After failing to prove his legitimacy in 1605, Dudley left England for Italy.  He had friends such as Sir Francis Drake who supplied him with valuable geographical information.  He died in 1649, two years after the first edition of the Arcano was published.  The charts were all original works and not copies from existing maps, as with Seller, for example.

 

REFERENCES Norwich p. 281 and #246; not in Tooley.

 

VALUE Dudley's maps are scarce and much sought after, and the condition of this map is very good.  Only three examples of the map have been recorded in 33 years (AMPR).

 

This map has been sold.  Please contact our offices for further information on similar or additional items.

 

.

 

2. COAST OF GUINEA FROM CAPE VERDE TO CAPE BONA ESPERANCE

 

 

 

TITLE A chart of the coast of Guinea from Cape Bona Esperance.  Drawn with Squares of

the Side of each Square Containing 100 English Leagues.

 

HEADLINE

 

CARTOGRAPHER John Seller (1675)

 

PUBLICATION DATE 1701 or 1761

 

PUBLICATIONS General English Pilot (London: Jer. Seller and Cha.  Price at the

Hermitage Stairs in Wapping, 1701, Part V), and also in The English Pilot (London:

Mount and Page 1761), Book III.

 

DIMENSIONS 52cm x 42.5cm

 

TECHNOLOGY Copperplate; uncoloured as issued

 

ENGRAVER Drawn by Jeremiah Seller (John's son)

 

GRATICULE Meridian of the Lizard.  The Equator and Tropic of Capricorn are shown; east is on top.

 

VERSO Blank

 

CONDITION Surface dirt; few small dark stains within plate line.  The map is printed on heavy paper; good impression of the fifth state.

 

HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION Rare Seller & Price sea chart of the west coast of Africa, from Cape Verde to the Cape of Good Hope.  The chart first was published by John Seller in 1675 in his English Pilot and Atlas Maritimus; the title was 'A chart of guinea describeing (sic) the seacoast from Cape Verde to Cape Bona Espernca'; Seller's name was engraved on a tusk at the bottom of the chart.  Tooley describes the changes, re-engravings and erasures in the eight subsequent editions of this chart.  In this edition, Seller's name has been erased and the imprint of 'Will: Fisher and Rich: Mount' has been incompletely erased; the title has been substantially changed to include Drawn with Squares of the Side of each Square Containing 100 English Leagues.

 

This chart is notable for its graticule and scales, which are of historic importance.  The prime meridian is Lizard Point, the southern tip of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, at about 5° 12.3' W.  This meridian was used by the English and Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries; paradoxically, in 1676, Seller was the first to use the London Prime meridian.  The lines of longitude are on a scale with gradations of 100 leagues.  The gradations of the latitude scale are also 100 English leagues; a rather indistinct scale to the south (right) of the compass rose shows that there were 100 English Leagues to 5° of latitude; i.e. 20 to the degree.  There are numerous loxodromes and there is a compass rose at the bottom right; scale of 90-degrees, above and to the left of the compass rose, quantifies the angle of the rhumb lines emanating from the compass rose.

 

The chart shows the mythical St. Helena Nova.

 

REFERENCES Tooley pp. 102-103; Norwich #258 is the 1st edition of the chart.

 

VALUE Seller's sea charts are scarce and sought after; the map is in very good condition.  An example of this map has been sold only once in the last 33 years.

 

POA

 

 

 

3. JUTA'S ENLARGED MAP OF SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE CAPE TO THE ZAMBESI

 

 

TITLE JUTA'S ENLARGED MAP OF SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE CAPE TO THE

ZAMBESI.  Compiled from the Best Colonial and Imperial Information Including the Official

Cape Colony Map by the Surveyor General Cape Town, Dr. T. Hahn's Damaraland, F C

Selous' Journals Sketches.

 

CARTOGRAPHER Juta & Co.

 

PUBLICATION DATE 1891 - First Edition (Second Edition 1900)

 

PUBLICATIONS Cape Town: Juta & Co.  London: Edward Stanford, 26 & 27 Cockspur

Street, Charing Cross, S.W.

 

DIMENSIONS Map 118cm x 157.5cm; paper.  4 folded sheets, each with eight dissected

panels, dimensions of total 128cm x 161cm backed on linen.

 

TECHNOLOGY Lithographed (30 miles to the inch)

 

ARTIST Stanford's Geographical Establishment

 

CONDITION Very good condition; pencil inscription outside border - section d.  South East - Fine condition.  Southwest - Fine condition.  Northwest - Fine condition.  Northeast - Fine condition.  Short tear in the original slipcase which is otherwise intact.

 

REFERENCES Not in Tooley, nor Norwich.

 

VALUE This map is an exceptionally scarce map of Southern Africa, after the Great Trek and shortly before the Boer War.  There is no record of a sale in the past 33 years.  Single examples of the first and second edition have been offered for sale.

 

This map has been sold.  Please contact our offices for further information on similar or additional items.

 

.

 

4. EASTERN FRONTIER OF THE CAPE COLONY HALL 1856

 

 

TITLE MAP OF THE EASTERN FRONTIER OF THE CAPE COLONY Compiled by Henry

Hall (Draughtsman to the Royal Engineers, Cape Town) from Military and Other Surveys

 

CARTOGRAPHER Henry Hall

 

PUBLICATION DATE 1856

 

PUBLICATIONS London: Edward Stanford

 

TECHNOLOGY Lithograph on two sheets, dissected and mounted on linen and inserted in

slightly damaged cover slip.

 

ARTIST Henry Hall

 

PRIME MERIDIAN London

 

VERSO Blank

 

CONDITION Original slipcase.  Some surface dirt that can be readily cleaned, and a small

stain outside the map margin at the top left.

 

HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION Henry Hall was from Dublin, Ireland and settled in the Cape Colony in 1842.  He worked in the Eastern Frontier for the Royal Engineers.  He is an under-appreciated cartographer who made notable contributions to cartography of Southern Africa.  'Compiled from local authoritative information only, this map (Eastern Frontier) not only surpassed its predecessors in scale and completeness, but also achieved a marked degree of accuracy' (Liebenberg)'.  'A striking map showing great detail' (Norwich).  The eastern frontier was an important feature of nineteenth century history of South Africa because it was the main contact zone between the colonial forces and indigenous Xhosa tribes and was the site of numerous altercations.  The frontier zone was thus periodically surveyed and mapped by military engineers and Hall compiled his map from their information, complemented by his local knowledge.

 

REFERENCES http://www.icahistcarto.org/PDF/Liebenberg_Elri_-_The_Cartography_of_Henry_Hall.pdf  Norwich Addendum #9.  Not in Tooley.

 

VALUE The map in very good condition is a scarce landmark map in the history of cartography of South Africa and the history of eastern border of the developing colony, the Eastern Cape; it was also the area in which many British families settled from 1820.  The cartography of Henry Hall has only recently received appropriate recognition (See Liebenberg).  The sale of only two examples of this map is recorded on the AMPR.

 

POA

 

.

 

5. L' AFRIQUE OU SONTE XACTEMENT DECRITES DUVAL 1684

 

 

TITLE L'Afrique ou sont exactement decrites toutes les costes de la mer: suivant les

routiers et portolans de divers pilotes et le dedans du pais selon les relations les plus

nouvelles

 

HEADLINE None; each panel has a secondary title

 

CARTOGRAPHER Pierre du Val (1619-1683)

 

PUBLICATION DATE 1684 [1678] - second state

 

PUBLICATIONS A Paris: chez l'auteur, 1684

 

DIMENSIONS 51cm x 50.1cm x 4 sheets (40cm x 41cm without text); 102cm x 82cm

(10cm x 72cm)

 

TECHNOLOGY Copperplate; outline colour, as issued; the four sheets are not joined.

 

ENGRAVER R. Michault scripsit.

 

PRIME MERIDIAN Ferro

 

VERSO Blank

 

CONDITION Some stains outside margins, otherwise fine.  Strong imprint.

 

HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION This scarce large 4-sheet wall map is one of a set of four continents by Pierre Duval, the prolific son-in-law of Nicolas Sanson.  The map is in the 2nd state that was published in three scarce editions of Cartes de gèographie.  The first state was published in 1678; a third state was published in 1688 by Duval's daughter who inserted her name as author.

 

This is an important transition map geographically; the first map on which the connection of the Nile River to the Ptolemaic lakes in central Africa purposefully has been removed.  The African on the right of the cartouche is holding a map that shows the correct source of the Blue Nile in Lake Tana.  Lac Zaire / Zambere is the source of the Congo River.

 

The text on the outer side of each panel lists the parts of Africa known at that time and, at the bottom left, there is a brief description of Africa.  The map also shows French settlements along the north-west coast of the continent.  Duval uses the Dutch in naming Tafel Bay (Table Bay).

 

REFERENCES Betz #122; Tooley p.44; not in Norwich.

 

VALUE This is a very scarce wall map in fine condition by a famous French cartographer; the geography displays important transitional features, viz. the correct origin of the Blue Nile.  Only three examples of the map are reported in WorldCat; Betz refers to three other libraries in France with the map and describes two dealers' examples in New York.  Only one sale in 33 years recorded on the AMPR (www.oldmaps.com).

 

This map has been sold.  Please contact our offices for further information on similar or additional items.

 

.

 

6. YE COASTS OF CIMBEBAS AND CAFFARIA SELLER

 

 

TITLE A chart of ye coasts of Cimbebas and Caffaria from Mt. Negro to ye C. of Good

Hope

 

HEADLINE

 

CARTOGRAPHER John Seller

 

PUBLICATION DATE [1701]

 

PUBLICATIONS Jer. Seller and Cha. Price. General English Pilot (London: John Thornton,

1701), Part V; also published in 1739, according to Tooley.

 

DIMENSIONS 53cm x 43cm.  Inset of Table Bay: 22cm x 18cm.

 

TECHNOLOGY Copperplate

 

ENGRAVER F Lamb Sculp. i.e. Francis Lamb worked from Pewter Plate Alley, next but one to the White Swan in Newgate Street.

 

GRATICULE No longitude scale.  East is on top.  Tropic of Capricorn is the only line of latitude; the latitude scale is on top and distance scale at the bottom.

 

VERSO Blank

 

CONDITION Heavy paper; some surface dirt.  Edges outside plate line serrated.  Otherwise very good.

 

HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION Rare Seller & Price sea chart.  A previous imprint was partially erased 'By Jer: Seller & Cha. Price Hydrographers at the Hermitage Stairs in Wapping'.  Jeremiah Seller was the younger brother of John Seller.

 

The geography of the chart is similar to Cimbebas et Caffariae Littora a Catenbela ad Promontorium Bonae Spei, published in 1680 by Frederick De Wit.  There are numerous rhumb lines and a single compass rose; to the south of the mythical St. Helena Nova is a distance scale in English and French Leagues, German Miles and Spanish Leagues.  There is an inset of Table Bay, with inaccurate silhouette of the surrounding mountains, in the space where De Wit had an attractive vignette.

 

REFERENCES Tooley pp 104; not in Norwich http://www.artwis.com/articles/the-maritime-maps-and-atlases-of-seller-thornton-and-mount-page/4/

 

VALUE Only one example of this scare Seller map has been sold in the past 33 years.  This example is in very good condition.

 

POA

 

.

 

7. CAPE OF GOOD HOPE ARROWSMITH 1805

 

 

TITLE To Captain Carmichael Smith of the Corps of Royal Engineers who obligingly

furnished many of the materials this chart of the Cape of Good Hope is inscribed...

 

HEADLINE

 

CARTOGRAPHER Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823)

 

PUBLICATION DATE 1805

 

PUBLICATIONS London: A. Arrowsmith; 1805

 

DIMENSIONS 143cmx122cm on 4 sheets, each 61cmx71cm

 

TECHNOLOGY Copperplate

 

ENGRAVER Unsigned

 

PRIME MERIDIAN London

 

VERSO Blank

 

CONDITION Sheet a - Fine condition; upper margin trimmed.  Sheet b - Numerous small, dark stains; yellow stain top left corner, upper margin trimmed.  Sheet c - Some surface dirt and small chip in ocean bottom right.  Sheet d - Has extensive dark stain in ocean - bottom right.

 

HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION This map was the first large-scale, adequate printed map of the Cape Colony.  It shows the extent of the Cape Colony and its divisions to the beginning of Batavian rule (1803).  The interior of the map is based on Barrow's map and includes much of his commentary on indigenous peoples, animals, vegetation and agriculture.  The map also contains considerable new nautical information, presumably obtained from English hydrographers who were very active in the Cape seas after the British took occupation of the colony in 1795.  Soon after this map was published, the colony was handed back to the Dutch, the Batavian Government and not the VOC, which had been liquidated after becoming bankrupt.

 

REFERENCES Tooley p. 10; Norwich: addendum 1, p. 402

 

VALUE This is a very scarce, landmark map of the Cape of Good Hope by the foremost English cartographer of the time.  It is the first large scale 'adequate' map of the region.  UCT, the National Library of South Africa, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the Library of Congress have this scarce map.  It is not in the Stanford University Collection.  The map is in good condition, although there are some water stains.

 

This map has been sold.  Please contact our offices for further information on similar or additional items.