Jun 06, 2019 - Sale 2512

Sale 2512 - Lot 129

Price Realized: $ 4,750
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Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
(MANUSCRIPT MAP.) [Staab, Odo.] Didactic manuscript map of Africa. Ink and watercolor on wove paper. 20 x21 1/4 inches sheet size; a bit age toned, few minor worm holes within image, small closed edge tears, early mount remnants on verso. [Germany, circa 1813]

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An exceptional manuscript composition most likely done in, or for, a German school classroom. The central map of Africa is surrounded by finely detailed vignettes including a coastal view of the mountains from the south east coast, exotic natural history with a rendition of Francois Le Vaillant's famous giraffe illustration, a decorated Egyptian sarcophagus, a village of "Hottentots", several figures labeled Kaffern (or Kaffir), and portraits of Muley Molut, an early Moroccan warrior king and ... An exceptional manuscript composition most likely done in, or for, a German school classroom. The central map of Africa is surrounded by finely detailed vignettes including a coastal view of the mountains from the south east coast, exotic natural history with a rendition of Francois Le Vaillant's famous giraffe illustration, a decorated Egyptian sarcophagus, a village of "Hottentots", several figures labeled Kaffern (or Kaffir), and portraits of Muley Molut, an early Moroccan warrior king and Johann Flitza, a Dutch preacher and writer. While unsigned, the hand, style and design of this work are all comparable to a signed manuscript map of Europe by Odo Staab dated 1813, sold here at Swann December 13, 2018, lot 122.