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Number: 3040
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1745
Title: AFRICA
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Language: English
Publish Origin: London
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Publisher: Thomas Bakewell
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Notes: [Not in Afriterra Collection, pending search and funding options]. BAKEWELL, Thomas [London, 1745] Africa a new and most exact map laid down according to the observations communicated to the English Royall Society the French Royall Academy of Sciences and those made by the latest Travellers to this present year 1745... Four joined sheets measuring in total 23 x 37 inches. Original outline color; bit of staining, slight wear at few fold intersections, else excellent. A very rare, separately published map bordered by 19 remarkable vignettes portraying the customs and practices of various peoples of the continent. The only copy of the map we located in either OCLC or market records is in the British Library, but it lacks the border vignettes. Although Thomas Bakewell was an active seller of maps, paintings and prints of others, this map and similar ones of the other continents and of the world were original works, which were, according to Worms, first published in 1729. This edition was presumably updated, as indicated by the title ("...to this present year 1745..."). Stylistically, the map's engraving is quite Moll-like, but its geography both in general outline and detail is well in advance of Moll. While vignettes on early European maps of Africa tend to emphasize the sensational and violent, here they take a more anthropological, non-judgmental approach, though not without a few obligatory scenes of brutality. They illustrate various rites of passage, burial customs, magical and religious rituals, courtship and marriage practices. Mohammed's tomb in Mecca is depicted bottom center. Thomas Bakewell (fl. 1729-1749) worked in partnership with Timothy Jordan and Joseph Gilmore early in his career, but launched on his own with the publication of this and the aforementioned maps. Many later maps from him were re-issues, as Bakewell seemed to have settled into a career as a print and fine art dealer that included the prints and licensed copies of the works of Hogarth. Worms/ Baynton-Williams, British Map Engravers, pp. 40-41; Tooley's Dictionary, A-D, p. 75; not in Tooley and Norwich.
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