Paris: 1749. unbound. Map on four sheets joined into two sheets. Engraving with original hand outline color. Top image measures 20 7/8" x 39", bottom image measures 19" x 38.5" very good(+).
Beautifully detailed wall map of the African continent with an inset of the Azores. While most of the detailing is focused on the coast, there are attempts at describing the interior. Includes a decorative allegorical cartouche featuring a male figure, a sphinx, a woman wearing an elephant headdress (representing Africa?), snakes, an ostrich, a lion, a camel and pyramids in the background. In addition to geographical information, this map features various cultural, political and historical descriptions. D'Anville (1697-1782) was a prolific French Royal geographer. Very light scattered foxing. Wear and creases to edges. A few small tears.