Plan de l’Isle de Gorée [et] Carte d’Afrique Dressée par le Sr D’Anville Geographe Ordre. du Roy 1727.
Two beautiful colored maps engraved by François Baillieul l'Ainé from the work of Father Jean-Baptiste Labat (1663-1738) "Nouvelle relation de l'Afrique occidentale contenant une description du Senegal..." published in four volumes in Paris by G. Cavelier in 1728 and colored at the time.
A map of the Isle de Gorée showing Fort St Michel and Fort St François. At the bottom of the map, explanations on the numbers marked on the map allow to understand the different elements that compose the map.
A map of Africa in the colors of the time where you can see the south of Europe, Arabia, Persia, part of India and part of the Atlantic coast of Brazil.
Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782) was one of the prominent cartographers of the of the 18th century. His career started early at the age of 15. In 1719, he became the ordinary geographer of the king. Author of numerous maps, he was famous accuracy and reliability, since he always left blank spaces in his maps when knowledge about a specific region was insufficient. He assembled an important collection bought by Louis XVI in 1779. This collection is now preserved in the Department of Maps and Plans of the National Library of France since 1924.