Auction 153, Lot 706


"Guinea Propria, nec non Nigritiae vel Terrae Nigrorum Maxima Pars... / La Guinee de Meme que la Plus Grande Partie du Pais des Negres...", Haas/Homann Heirs

Subject: Northwestern Africa

Period: 1743 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 18.3 inches
56.4 x 46.5 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: A

Old color with a short centerfold separation at bottom that just enters neatline and has been professionally repaired. There is one small insignificant spot off the coast of Guinea.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $170

Closed on 5/20/2015