Jean-Baptiste  Delafosse was an engraver of interpretation and cartography (etching and  chisel), also pastelist, publisher and dealer of French prints born in Paris in  1721, died in Paris, where he was installed at 10, rue Bonaparte , in 1806 .  This map is  rare with no other recorded examples .There is mention of a  supposed " cannibal tribe "in the unexplored center part, there is a list of the  known tribes instead of country on most of the cost, the major lake have not  been discovered yet .I found mention of Gentot as a Family of engravers of the  eighteenth century established in Lyon: Balthazar Gentot (father), Pierre Gentot  (son). The last drawing looks like a Delafosse sketch of the said Pierre Gentot  , it was used cut as tab to hold the different pages of the " false atlas " , I  reconstituted the drawing on an acid free board  for safe keeping .  It was part of a " false atlas " which is a collection of  map organized by a  collector or an individual not published in several exemplar .It  is a set  including Asia , Europe , America and Africa .It is an opportunity to acquire an  historical set rarely found .It would make a great set framed on a wall .

26.5 x  18.5 inches cooper plate engraving with hand coloring , Good condition; light  toning and occasional faint age spots; some marginal handling marks . 

Large Antique French map of Africa 1779 colored by Delafosse engraved in lyon

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