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Number: 2447
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1650
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 35.5
Width: 46.3
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 24,666,000
Color Type: No Color
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Publisher: Pierre Mariette
Other Contributors: Cornelis Danckerts
Jodocus Hondius, Sr.
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Notes: [Joppen] Apart from its rarity, this is a highly decorative, finely engraved map with several ships in south Atlantic; Little is known about this map. It has no imprint for either the cartographer or engraver and is thus difficult to identify. The map is not described in Tooley's Collector's Guide to Maps of Africa nor in Loeb-Larocque's more detailed article on the French derivatives of Dutch maps, but it is depicted in Tooley's 1972 Sequence of Maps of Africa as plate no. IX. Tooley does not provide an attribution for this map, but simply identifies it as being by an anonymous mapmaker. Burden believes the similar Americas map is by Pierre Mariette, as he noted that the Americas map appeared on two occasions in Theatre Geographique de France which had editions published by Pierre Mariette in 1650 and 1653. While this map appeared in Pierre Mariette's "Theatre Geographique de France", it is possible that this map was actually made by a Dutch engraver, possibly even Cornelis Danckerts, who was known to work on occasion with Pierre Mariette during this period. The engraving style and the decorative elements all suggest that it may be a Dutch-produced map. As this is purely conjecture, the map's attribution is still with Pierre Mariette. This map is a derivative of Jodocus Hondius' 1619 map of Africa in ites later states without the decorative borders. The Geography and the animal figures are same as the Hodius map, although they are shown in reverse on this map. A unique feature on thei map is the square deapery cartouche and the absence of a reference to Hondius on the cartouche, campared to the other Hondius derivatives. The other Mariette maps are usually derivative of Sanson, thus the more likely that this is Dutch, Danckerts/Hondius more than actually drawn by Mariette who used Sanson Reference: Not in Norwich. Betz Map #80. Betz, Richard L., with Penelope W. Betz. The Mapping of Africa: A Cartobibliography of Printed Maps of the African Continent to 1700. 't Goy-Houten, The Netherlands: HES & De Graaf Publishers, 2007.
Last updated: Jun 1, 2014