"Afrique ou Libie Ulterieure ou sont le Saara ou Desert, le Pays des Negres la Guinee, &c.", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Northwestern Africa
Period: 1683 (published)
Publication: Geographise en Historise Werelt Beschryving
Color: Hand Color
11.4 x 6.9 inches
29 x 17.5 cm
Charming map of northwestern Africa featuring the Sahara Desert, the Niger River and the coasts of Guinea, Benin, etc. and extending north to the Gulf of Sidra. The map is filled with interior detail, some of which is spurious, such as the course of and lakes along the Niger River. The map is completed by a lovely, wreath-style cartouche.
Sanson's small maps from his L'Afrique en Plusieurs Cartes..., first published in 1656 and engraved by A. Peyrounin, were copied several times by various map publishers. Johann David Zunners made copies of Sanson's maps for his German translation of Die Gantze Erd-Kugel in 1679. Johannes Ribbius and Simon de Vries published copies in 1682 and 1683, with new maps engraved by Antoine d'Winter. The plates were later sold to Francois Halma, who used them in 1699 and then again in 1705 with the titles re-engraved in Dutch. The titles on the d'Winter plates were re-engraved back into French, and then used by Nicholas Chemereau in 1715 and by Henri du Sauzet in 1738.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON I F bis.
A crisp impression with minor toning and tiny binding holes in the border at left.