"Africa with All Its States, Kingdoms, Republics, Regions, Islands, &c…", Laurie & Whittle
Period: 1794 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
47.6 x 40.6 inches
120.9 x 103.1 cm
A superb, four-sheet map based on the cartography of the famous French cartographer Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville. The map provides a very detailed view along the coastline, with numerous towns and capes noted, and the topography and river system is depicted. While there is an evolving understanding of the kingdoms and tribes in the interior, the Nile River is still shown as originating from two adjacent lakes in Central Africa. There is a small inset of the Azores at top, and a sizable inset depicting the Gold Coast at bottom covering the mineral rich area from Cape Appollonia to Cape Montego. The map is surrounded with extensive descriptions of the continent and its kingdoms and tribes, and adorned by a large decorative title cartouche featuring natives gathered around a feast.
Original color with moderate offsetting and toning with a 4" edge tear at left that has been repaired on verso with archival tape. There are a number of small edge chips and tears that have been mostly closed on verso with archival material.