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Number: 3213
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1804 (estimated)
Publish Origin: Debrecen
Height: 28.7
Width: 37.9
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 27,750,000
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Ezsaia Budai
Engraver: Josef Pap
Publisher: Ezsaia Budai
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Notes: [source POTTER] A map of Africa, from an uncommon Hungarian set of maps of the world and each continent. This map, like the whole set, shows no indication of having been bound although they are recorded as having been prepared by Ezsaias Budai, Geography teacher at the Calvinist College in Debrecen, eastern Hungary, a centre of Hungarian mapmaking at the time. The map, along with seven others, of European countries appeared in "Oskolai Magyar Uj Atlas" which translates as Hungarian New School Atlas. The geography shown appears to be very similar to the French atlases of the period on which, presumably, the detail was based. The name of the engraver, Josef Pap, said to be a student at the school, appears beneath the maps. This uncommon map shows, in the lack of internal detail, how little was known of Africa's interior at this time; the mythical lake Maberia as a source of the Senegal River in West Africa still appears on this map, dating it some time near the knownledge of Mungo Park's publiccations 1799--1814 which confirmed no lake as as source of the Senegal river, but the map confirms Park's view that the Senegal and Niger Rivers are separated by a continental divide resulting in Westen and Eastern flow respectively. [G. Rizzo, 'Patterns and Meaning of a Great Lake in West Africa, ImagoMundi 2005]
Last updated: Apr 14, 2018