This is an outstanding, double-page map of Africa. The cartography, consistent with the seventeenth century, shows the Nile originating in two large lakes below the equator. The River Zaire (Congo) also arises from Lake Zaire. While the interior of Africa wasn't surveyed well by Westerners at the time, one couldn't necessarily tell that from Elwe's work. Multiple countries are shown, including the Kingdom of Monomotapa, Zanguebar, Bagamedri, etc. The map is richly embellished with two elaborate cartouches featuring allegorical figures, a lion and tiger and two elephants. From Elwe's monumental 'Atlas'.
1792 Elwe Map of Africa
L'Afrique Divisee en ses Empires, Royaumes, et Etats
Map Maker Specifics
J, Elwe, 1792, Amsterdam
18 X 23.1 in. plus margins
Good- fair. Nice strike on watermarked laid paper. Some staining mostly in margins and slight damp stain at bottom portion of issued centerfold, into map. Two small worm-holes. Beautiful original hand color.