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    John Ogilby. [Olfert Dapper]. Africa. Being an Accurate Description of the Regions of Ægypt, Barbary, Lybia, and Billedulgerid, the Land of Negroes, Guinee, Æthiopia, and the Abyssines, with all the Adjacent Islands, either in the Mediterranean, Atlantick, Southern, or Oriental Sea, belonging thereunto. London: Tho[mas] Johnson, 1670. First edition. Folio in sixes (15.875 x 10.5 inches; 404 x 265 mm.). [4, half-title and blank], [14, title, dedications, preface], 1-2, [2, table], 3-38, [2], 39-146, [2], 147-[282], [2], 283-304, [2], 305-315, [2], 315-488, [2], 489-632, [2], 633-658, [2], 659-[768] pages. Uneven toning, soiling patterns from gathering to gathering. Engraved allegorical frontispiece and fifty-three additional inserted plates, forty-four of which are double-page or folding; decorated initials, head-pieces and in-text illustrations. Π² [A]² b² c4 Χ8 2Χ1 B-3T6 (Note: one leaf of c appears to be unaccounted for in this copy, which as c1 and c2 and "A Catalogue of Names" only preceding B; all Χ leaves scattered in half sheets throughout the text as single-leaf tables, as seen in pagination above). Later mottled calf, boards ruled in blind; decorative spine rules in gilt with red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges trimmed. Rear endpapers more recent than front. Slight wear at edges, joints, and corners; minor rubbing with some shallow scratches to boards. Edges of text block softened and toned with age. Overall mild yellowing and foxing to interior. Some short tears and other wear, soiling at page edges, including a mended tear to leaves H and 2E and repairs to the fore-edge of L6 and lower corner of 3N5; smaller restorations at margins scattered throughout. Several leaves of text and all double-page plates guarded. Subtle repairs at creases of some plates. Presumed ownership inscription of "John Gore / Bourton" on frontispiece; armorial stamp on title-page. A very good copy of the most authoritative English book on Africa to come down from the seventeenth century.

    Largely a translation and adaptation of Dutch armchair geographer Olfert Dapper's 1668 text, Naukeurige Beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Gewesten van Egypten, Barbaryen, Libyen, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopiën, Abyssinie.... With half-title reading "English Atlas, / Tome the First." Originally intended to be the first part of a larger multivolume atlas set, Ogilby "conceived of a series of atlases to cover the whole world, to be funded through lotteries, subscription plans, and advertisements. The first, Africa, appeared in 1670. Others soon followed after: Atlas Japannensis (1670), America (1671), Atlas Chinensis (1671), and Asia (1673). These were not the fruits of Ogilby's own work but rather well-produced compilations of extant translations and others' accounts, a common practice at the time"--DNB. Preface with Ogilby's only known autobiographical writing. ESTC R22824; Skelton, Decorative Printed Maps, p. 70.

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