By: N. [Nicolas] Sanson d’Abbeville
Date: 1656 (Dated) Paris
Dimensions: 6.5 x 12 inches (16.5 cm x 30.5 cm)
This seventeenth century map displays the southern coast of West Africa from the coast of Sierra Leone around to Gabon, including São Thome (St. Thomas). Parts of present-day Mali and Niger appear in the north. The map shows gulfs, rivers, lakes and cities of the region, which is referred to on the map as “Pays des Negres,” or “Lands of the Negroes.” It is on watermarked paper which includes a symbol consisting of the letter H with a line extending down from its cross bar into the letter V, passing through a letter resembling an omega turned on its side.
Condition: Discoloration along vertical line of the central fold and light water stain outside the left margin; otherwise a bright, clear print.
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