(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)

Caarte Van de beyde Afgelegenste Colonienen Drakensteen en Waveren

An early map of the Cape of Good Hope colonies Drakenstein and Waveren. Well detailed, showing farms along the Berg R
over such as Babylon’s Toring, Sorgvliet and including the names of some of the farmers. Condition is very good. Wide margins with original plate mark visible. Cotton rag paper with clear papermaker’s watermark.

Price – $290.00 (ZAR-3400)

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)

From Cape Town to Ladysmith

“An unfinished record of the South African War”. Edited by Vernon Blackburn.


Price – $18.00 (ZAR-180.00)

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)

Graeciae Antiquae Tabula Nova

An attractive map of southern Greece includes a bit of Turkey and the island of Crete. The map notes ancient roads and is filled with place names and cities. The classical-themed cartouche is surrounded with philosophers, the Colossus of Rhodes, wrestling and other symbols of ancient Greece. Sold by John Senex on Fleet Street in London. “Graeciae pars Meridionalis” above map.


Price – $380.00 (ZAR-3800.00)

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)

L’Afrique dressee sur les relations les plus recentes et assujettie aux observations astronomiques…

This map draws on the cartography of an earlier map of 1749, by De Vaugondy, Gilles and Didier, with new information to present a detailed view of the continent with a great many tribal names. The source of the Nile is located in Lake Dambea. The title is enclosed in a fine cartouche engraved by Gobin that shows a queen reclining against an elephant with a lion curled at her feet.



Price – $650.00 (ZAR-6500.00)

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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RAC physical map of South Africa 1936

Folded coloured map on canvas backing.

Price – $27.00 (ZAR-250.00)

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)

Safe to the Sea

An account of the rivers of the Cape Peninsula. Map in sleeve at the back of the book. With numerous black and white illustrations.

Price – $32.00 (ZAR-350.00)

South and East African Royal Mail Service. Under Contract with the Government of the Cape of Good Hope & Natal. Handbook of Information for Passengers & Shippers. The Union Steam Ship Company.

An information booklet including a large folding map showing the shipping routes and the onward sourness by rail to the gold and diamond fields. There are also fold out plans of various ships in the fleet. A summary of the contents reads as follows: Time Tables; Cabin Plans; List of the Fleet; Terms, Conditions and Regulations of Passage, Letters, Telegrams and Letters of Credit; Passenger Fares and General Information; Outfit; Through Bookings to and from America; Letters and Cablegrams; Cape, Natal and Delgoa Bay Railways; Diamond Fields; The South African Gold Fields; The British SA Co’s Territories; The Service and the Route; Landing and Embarking Passengers; Merchants’ Reading Room; Distance Tables of Routes in Nautical Miles…; Distance Tables of Inland Towns from Nearest Ports; Map Showing the Union Company’s Route; Freight; Parcels; Insurance; Books of Reference, Guide Books, &c; Offices and Agencies of the Union Company. Published circa 1895.




Price – $280.00 (ZAR-3000.00)

Union of South Africa Province of Transvaal Official Maps Degree Sheet Series Middelburg No. 2

Linen backed fold out survey map of Middelburg.


Price – $28.00 (ZAR-300.00)

Union of South Africa, Province of Transvaal, Official Maps, Degree Sheet Series, Pretoria, No 19

Large topological fold-out map of Pretoria and surroundings.

Price – $33,00 (ZAR-350,00)

Untitled globe gore – Eastern hemisphere showing Africa to India.

Eastern six sections of a gore for a pocket globe. An extremely rare item. Condition is fair. Some discolouration and fish mothing. The paper has been re-backed. Chips on the margin outside the plate mark.

Price – $330.00 (ZAR-4000.00)

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