15 ¼ x 21 ½ inches, Fine hand color; reinforced at junctures of folds, else excellent condition.
An attractive example of one of the first, possibly the first overall, general map of Africa engraved and published in England. A very attractive example with a dark impression. The map is after Sanson, whose delineation of the continent was considered to be the most authoritative at the time.
This map’s changes from edition to edition all pertain to the dedicatory cartouche, which lauds a different dedicatee in each state of the map. Blome operated on a subscription model, whereby patrons bought atlases in advance and were rewarded by having their arms displayed on the maps. Should a subscriber discontinue his patronage, he could expect his arms to be burnished out and replaced by those of a paying customer, as has happened here. This is the third state of the map, dedicated to Charles Howard, the 1st Earl of Carlisle.
* Betz 111.3