Afrique divisée en ses principaux Empires et Royaumes
DELAMARCHE, Charles-François

Afrique divisée en ses principaux Empires et Royaumes

end of the 18th century
Size : 55,5 x 76 cm
Color : Outlines Colored at the time
Condition : 5 cm slits at center fold
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 711-19

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General map of Africa by Delamarche with text detailing the region's territories.

This general map of Africa extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the west till the Indian Ocean in the east, and from parts of Spain and Italy in the North till Cape Agulhas the southern tip of the continent. Delamrche updated the map of Sanson and Robert de Vaugondy with a text zone towards the right margin providing valuable information about the territories, religion, and European colonies, and with minor adjustments in the South African region. This map shows details all over the continent indicating the names of native kingdoms, mines, wells in the desert, rivers, lakes, gulfs, capes, rivers, mountains.. The Nile is depicted correctly with its source from lake Tzana in Abyssinia rather than Lakes Zaire and Zaflan inherited from Ptolemy. The map is embellished by two elegant cartouches that include the title and the scale of miles.

DELAMARCHE, Charles-François

Charles-François Delamarche (1740-1817) was one of the leading French cartographers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a publisher and a globe-trotter. In 1786, he bought the collection of Didier Robert de Vaugondy from Jean Fortin (who had bought it in 1778), and the collection of Lattré (which included works by Bonne, Desnos and Janvier). His first globes date from about 1770, with the address "Rue du Foin St Jacques" in Paris until 1804. After his death in 1817, his publishing house was taken over by his son Félix, engineer and mechanic of globes and spheres. The publishing activity continued throughout the 19th century. Van der Krogt, pp. 98-103; Dahl, pp. 134-139; Tooley, p. 351; Dekker, 1999, pp. 321-325