Auction 137, Lot 820

"Guinea Propria, nec non Nigritiae vel Terrae Nigrorum Maxima Pars…", Haas/Homann Heirs

Subject: Western Africa

Period: 1743 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 18 inches
55.1 x 45.7 cm

This remarkable map is one of the most detailed maps of West Africa produced during the mid-eighteenth century. Information is confined only to those regions that were well known and it is particularly well delineated along the Niger River and the coast where there are extensive notations. The map is embellished with a large vignette of a native village with the distance scales engraved onto elephant tusks representing this important trade commodity of the region. A key at the bottom of the map identifies the various peoples and types of habitats. There is a French title at the top right.


Condition: B

Old color with heavy toning, except along centerfold where there is archival tape on verso.

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/14/2011