"l'Afrique, ou Lybie Ulterieure ou sont le Saara, ou Desert, le Pays des Negres, la Guinee, et les Pays Circonv.…", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1655 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
21.5 x 13.5 inches
54.6 x 34.3 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.
References: Pastoureau #Sanson V A .
Watermarked paper with light toning along centerfold and a few tiny cracks near centerfold that have been closed on verso with Japanese tissue. There are two small holes at top left that have been archivally repaired.