"Guinea Propria, nec non Nigritiae vol Terrae Nigrorum Maxima Pars... / La Guinee de Meme que la Plus Grande Partie du Pais Negres...", Haas/Homann Heirs
Subject: Western Africa
Period: 1743 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 18.1 inches
55.4 x 46 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.
Contemporary color on a sturdy sheet with an elephant watermark and toning along the centerfold.