"Greatest of Facsimile Atlases"

    Youssouf Kamal. Monumenta Cartographica Africae et Aegypti, Tome Cinquième, Additamenta (Naissance et Évolution de la Cartographie Moderne). Cairo, 1951.

    First edition. Two large folio volumes. 1485-1653 pages. 163 facsimile maps, some folding.

    Original red and blue cloth over boards. Leather title labels with gilt lettering to spine. Gilt borders to boards. Bookplates of previous owner to front pastedowns. Text in French.

    Youssouf Kamal, an Egyptian prince, commissioned this huge undertaking to bring a comprehensive collection of ancient maps into a single work published between 1926 and 1951, running to five volumes in sixteen books. This, the two books of the final, fifth volume (complete in itself) contains collotype reproductions of maps created during the Renaissance and modernization of cartography. Only a hundred copies of the set were printed, most of which were distributed to libraries and institutions. "This greatest of facsimile atlases, like a number of other such works, was distributed in a very limited number of sets. It is important not only for the study of Africa but also to illustrate changing cartographic forms from ancient Egypt to the period of modern exploration" (Norman Thrower, Maps and Civilization). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Thrower, 263.

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