Rare map of Africa with manuscript notes in the margin dated to 1696.
This gorgeous map was created by William Berry based on Alexis-Hubert Jaillot’s 1674 map of the continent of Africa, which itself was based on Sanson’s second map of Africa (1668).
The map presents the standard depiction of the source of the Nile based on Ptolemy. However, Jaillot introduced a new depiction of the rivers south of the Ptolemaic lakes. The Zambeze River appears above the Zambere and Rio de Spiritu Santo, all of which flow into the Indian Ocean.
A large section of South America is shown and two St. Helena islands appear – a common error in maps from this period.
The large distance scale cartouche has five scales (in contrast with Jaillot’s map, which has 6 scales). The decorative title cartouche, also copied from Jaillot, includes a tumult of figures, cornucopias, an elephant, crocodile, lion and ostrich, although Berry changed the coat of arms to that of the Royal Arms.