"L'Afrique, ou Lybie ulterieure ou sont le Saara, ou Desert. le Pays des Negres, la Guinee…", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1655 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.7 x 13.7 inches
55.1 x 34.8 cm
Handsome map of Western Africa filled with information, much of it spurious, in the Sahara Desert, the Niger River and the coast of Guinea. Of particular interest are several incomplete rivers in the desert regions that appear and then disappear. The map is beautifully engraved with a title cartouche fashioned in the form of an oriental carpet.
Old color on watermarked paper with a few light spots at top. Upper corners have been remargined just outside of neatline.