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Village of Graaff Reinet.

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Village of Graaff Reinet. : G. Thompson

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A simple and clear plan of the Village of Graaff Reinet. Graaff Reinet is a town with a fascinating early history in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is the fourth-oldest town in South Africa, after Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Swellendam, established in 1786 by the Dutch East India Company but in constant friction with the English powers who, by 1814 had taken control of the Cape. Graaff Reinet became a prominent trading post and a stepping-off point for the Voortrekkers of the mid nineteenth century. There are no actual references on the plan, only letters indicating references to a 26 lettered key at lower right naming streets, churches and waterways and major buildings. The map, one of the first towns outside Capetown to be mapped in the region, was published by George Thompson Esq in 1827, from "Travels and Adventures in Southern Africa". Thompson having been a resident at the Cape for eight years, produced one of the most detailed early plans of the growing town. The map is particularly unusual in being printed from an aquatint/lithographic process so shading and heavy block printing differentiate between gardens, buildings and text in a most attractive way. Old folds reinforced but very attractive.
mapmaker: G. Thompson
place and date of publication: London 1827
medium and colour: lithograph, Uncoloured
size in mm: 300 by 450mm (11.75 by 17.75 inches).
ref: 43738

Price: £ 300

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