Africa Secundum Legitimas Projectionis Stereographicae regulas et juxta recentissimas relationes et observationes in subsidium vocatis quoque veterum Leonis Africani…

Cartographer(s): Homann Heirs
Date: ca. 1737
Place: Amsterdam
Dimensions: 46 x 55 cm (18.25 x 21.75 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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Classic 1737 Dutch map of Africa


Johann Matthias Haas’s revision J.B. Homann’s 1715 map of Africa, augmented to include important cartographic developments as recorded by Guillaume Delisle and D’Anville.

The map presents a fairly accurate picture without most of the fictitious lakes and rivers of previous cartography, focusing on the known coastal regions of the continent, leaving the interior blank or marked Terra Incognito. Egypt, Nubia and Abyssinia are shown as distinct entities, Lake Nyasa is shown as Lac Marawi, and the Congo is located. The Dutch settlements of Castell Batov and Stellenbosch are shown at the Cape.

The most striking feature of the map is the large title cartouche that is framed by elephant tusks and a horned serpent. In the foreground is a scene of natives negotiating with European traders, surrounded by indigenous animals. In the background is a view of Table Bay and Table Mountain.


Homann Heirs

Johann Baptist Homann (20 March 1664 – 1 July 1724) was a German geographer and cartographer. Homann died in Nuremberg in 1724. He was succeeded by his son Johann Christoph (1703-1730). The company carried on upon his death as Homann heirs company, managed by Johann Michael Franz and Johann Georg Ebersberger. After subsequent changes in management the company folded in 1852.

Condition Description

Slight crease in centerfold.