(Africa) Prima Ostro Tavola

An extremely rare 1st edition woodblock print of Ramusio’s map of Africa. The blocks used to print this map were destroyed by a fire in Thomeso Gianti’s print shop in 1557. Very few examples of this print are in existence and the later examples are all copperplate editions – the first engraved in 1565. This copy has text on the verso unlike the later editions.The information conveyed on this map is based on knowledge obtained from two Arab geographers (Edrisi. Born in Ceuta in 1099 and Leo Africanus, c.1494 – c.1554.) Considered to be superior to all previous maps of Africa, with the most up to date geographical information applied by Gastaldi “cosmographer to the Venitian Republic, then a world power of commerce and trade.” The main subject of this map and its two companion maps to the east, “Secondo Tavola” and the “terse Tavola” is the Spice Route. They should be viewed in conjunction with Ramusio’s text on the spice trade in his “Delle Navigationi et Viaggi”. The unusual placing of the southern hemisphere in the “superior position.” Condition is good. A half cm closed tear outside of the margin.

Price – $1950.00 (ZAR-28000.00)

A New and Accurate Map of Nubia & Abissinia, together with all the Kingdoms Tributary Thereto, and bordering upon them. Laid down from the latest and best Authorities.

Bowen’s map of East Africa with parts of Egypt and Arabia. From ‘A Complete System of Geography’. Decorated with a compass rose and title cartouche with African landscape.


Price – $250.00 (ZAR-2400.00)

A new and correct Map of the Coast of Africa from Cape Blanco Lat. 20°, 40′. N. to the Coast of Angola, Lat. 11° . S. With Explanatory Notes of all the Forts and Settlements belonging to the several European Powers.

An important and very interesting 1755 map of western Africa by the English publisher M. Postlethwayte. This map covers the west coast of Africa from Cape Blanco and the Senegal River southwards past Sierra Leone, the Grain Coast, the Ivory Coast, the Gold Coast, the Waydah, Benin, Calabar, the Seven Hill, and Majumba, to Angola. An inset in the upper right quadrant details the Gold Coast. Sailing ships can be seen plying the coast and arrows identify the seasonal trade winds. An elaborate explanation fills the lower left quadrants, with fortifications and settlements along the coast numerically referenced.



Price – $520.00 (ZAR-5200.00)

Aardrijkundig handboek van Zuid Afrika

The cover is damaged on the spine and chipped and torn on the edges. spine has been repaired with tape. With an attached folding map of South Africa drawn up by Henry Hall, which is torn on one section.Browning throughout. 166pp

Price – $75.00 (ZAR-750.00)

Africa Tertia Pars Terrae

A good example of Heinrich Buntings space map of Africa from his ‘Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae’ (Travel book through Holy Scripture). A woodcut – it is interesting to note the different type of lettering used here indicates the use of inset type. A merman floats on the undulating waves, emphasising the fine work of the wood engraver. German gothic text to the verso. Published c. 1597 (second state). Condition is good, with a centre fold and some creasing to the right side. There are three place names in contemporary faded brown ink inscribed to the northern part of the continent. This map is unframed.


Price – $1100.00 (ZAR-15000.00)

Animals and Maps.

The history of animal illustrations on maps. Red boards in very good condition. DW is price clipped and has a 4cm tear to the front with some chipping to the top edge. Illustrated feps. Contents clean and well bound.

Price – $38.00 (ZAR-380.00)

Carte d’Afrique Dressee pour l’usage du Roy…

This map is one of the series of revised maps that L’Isle first issued in 1722. In this redrawn version, L’Isle makes further improvements. He separates the Senegal and Niger rivers, making the latter rise in the Kingdom of Tombut and flow eastwards to Lake Bournou. Inland from Zanzibar he inserts a large lake, Moravi (Nyasa), with the mountains of Lapata—the spine of the world. A typical L’Isle cartouche is drawn at the top right corner. (source Norwich, map#78)



Price – $580.00 (ZAR-5800.00)

Collector’s Guide to the Maps of the African Continent and Southern Africa

Reference work, illustrated.

Price – $65.00 (ZAR-680.00)

Collectors’ Guide to Maps of Africa

An account of over a hundred mapmakers, with descriptions and lists. Maps excluded would be the very rare or common maps of the 19th century. Illustrated with colour and black and white plates.



Price – $62 (ZAR-700)

Contour-Coloured World Map series : Central & East Africa

With Boundaries, Roads and Railways. Scale : 1 : 4 000 000.


Price – $35.00 (ZAR-350.00)

Decorative Printed Maps of the 15th to 18th Centuries

Reference work. With text and full page illustrations of the maps discussed reproduced in both b/w and colour. Bound in red cloth covered boards with gilt lettering to spine and gilt device to front board. Foxing to the rear endpapers, otherwise a very good copy.

Price – $22.00 (ZAR-240.00)

Die Transvaal’sche oder Sud-Afrikanische Republik

A history of the Sud – Afrikanische Republik (Transvaal), lasting from its birth in 1857 to 1902. In 1868 Jeppe with the help of Alexander A.B. Merensky, compiled an Original map of the Transvaal or South African Republic on a scale of 1:1 850 000. It was the first topographical map of the territory compiled locally from farm diagrams and other information, including a compilation started in 1866 by Carl Mauch. There was as yet no transangulation on which it could be based, and it contained no contours or spot heights. None the less it was surprisingly accurate and by far the best map of the territory up to that time. It was published here as an annexure to this, Jeppe’s first article in Petermann’s Geographische Mitteilungen (1868, vol.24). Petermann added some information to the map that was not locally available. In the article Jeppe became probably the first person to ascribe a volcanic origin to the Pretoria Salt Pan (now regarded as an impact crater). His work led to his election as a fellow of the Geographical Society of London in 1874. Some tide marks and a minor repair to the map.


Price – $500.00 (ZAR-4800.00)

Geological Survey of Natal and Zululand

A set of the three reports compiled after the geological survey of Natal and Zululand in 1901. Includes black and white plates and fold-out maps.

Price – $80.00 (ZAR-700.00)

History of the War in South Africa 1899 – 1902 Vol 1-4

An extremely thorough and comprehensive look at the three year war between the British and the Boers in South Africa. Includes four volumes of maps. There are 4 text volumes and 4 accompanying slipcases with folding maps. The set lacks 2 maps. Volume II lack map 58 and volume IV lacks map 20E.

Condition: Good, wear to head and foot of spines, foxing to prelims. The slipcases of the map volumes are quite battered and there are library markings to two of them.


Price – $310.00 (ZAR-3500.00)

Hydrophylacium Africae precipuum, in Montibus Lunae Situm Lacus et Flumina praecipua fundens ubi et nova inventio Originis Nili describitur.

Kircher was a Jesuit priest and polymath whose theories included the notion that the world’s oceans were interconnected by a vast underground network. He believed great lakes lay below mountain ranges and one lake is apparent here as the centrepiece of the map. This, influenced by the reports of an imaginative exploring traveller Paez lead Kircher to summit that the lake was the source of the Blue Nile. This is a fine example of a map by “the last true Renaissance man.” Condition is very good. Conservator’s japanese tissue backing.

Price – $540.00 (ZAR-7000.00)

Map of the Transvaal or S.A. Republic and Surrounding Territories.

A large coloured, linen backed folding map by Frederick Jeppe. With inserts of the Cape goldfields, Witwatersrand goldfields, a plan of Pretoria and a portion of the Zoutpansberg goldfields. The map is on 24 panels 20.5 x 33cm each. Unfolded the map measures 124 x 130.5cm and is at a scale of 1: 1 000 000 or 15.78 miles to the inch. It folds into dark blue cloth boards.


Price – $680.00 (ZAR-8000.00)

Maps and Map-Makers

An historical account of the progression of various techniques in map-making, through the various cartographers and map makers. Bound in brown cloth covered boards. Small bookseller’s label to corner of front paste down. Light foxing to latter pages, some spotting to edges and faded dyed top edge, else VG. Dust jacket poor with front flap detached, most of spine missing and various other chips, also significantly foxed.

Price – $30.00 (ZAR-350.00)

Maps of Africa : An Illustrated and Annotated Carto-bibliography.

Maps individually illustrated each with its own accompanying carto-bibliography.





Price – $120.00 (ZAR-1200.00)

Mossel Baay

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Niger Coast (Map)

Large map of the Niger coast. Bound in red cloth covered boards. Boards and spine show damp stains and scuffing. These is some evidence of damp to the verso, but the condition of the map itself is very good overall. Binding is sound.


Price – $370.00 (ZAR-3800.00)

Norwich’s Maps of Africa.

As new. Sealed in plastic wrap.

Price – $95.00 (ZAR-1200.00)

RAC physical map of South Africa 1936

Folded coloured map on canvas backing.

Price – $27.00 (ZAR-250.00)

Report of a Magnetic Survey of South Africa

With multiple maps, tables and diagrams, some fold out to rear. Bound in quarter cloth with gilt titles to spine. Spine is sunned. Leaves age toned and browned but VG overall.

Price – $35.00 (ZAR-380.00)

Rhodesia: Its Natural Resources and Economic Development

Large folio sized publication with various colour maps, and diagrams.

Price – $25.00 (ZAR-300.00)

Ruwenzori & Imatongs

Being compiled of numerous journal articles from Uganda Journal (September 1955), The Geographical Journal (December 1933) and others unidentified. Contains numerous illustrations and 4 large fold out maps.

Price – $28 (ZAR-300)

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