"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.
Original color on watermarked paper with light soiling, damp stains in bottom corners of image, and some small mildew stains. There are a few minor extraneous creases and a tiny tear in a blank area of the image at bottom that has been closed on verso with archival tape.