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John Cary

A Map of Africa from the best authorities

Published Dec 29, 1782, by I Fielding, 2 Pater noster Row,

Published: I Fielding, London, 1782

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Attractively coloured and arguably the first map of Africa (1782) by John Cary, the highly regarded London cartographer.

The map correctly shows the origin of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia but omits the White Nile. Following the explorations of David Livingstone the full extent of Lake Maravi (i.e. Malawi) is shown. There is an annotation to the East of Angloa on cannibals: The Ginges and Zimbes the Anthropophages!

John Cary commenced his own business in about 1783 and soon became well known for his high quality engraving and maps. This map is his first known map of Africa printed under his name: J. Cary Sulpt, under the title cartouche.

Reference: not in Tooley's Collectors guide to maps of Africa, nor in Norwich. This map predates the first map of Africa by Cary listed by Tooley (1805).

The map is a dark copperplate imprint on thick paper, in attractive original colouring and in fine condition.

  • Overall Condition: Fine
  • Size: 26.7 x 19.1 cm
  • Sold By: Roger Stewart Antiquarian
  • Contact Person: Dr. Roger Stewart
  • Country: South Africa
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