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Number: 3810
Continent: Africa
Region: West
Place Names: Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Cote D'Ivoir, Ghana, Mali
Year of Origin: 1898
Title: Carte de la Boucle du Niger dressee par Le Lieutenant Spicq, de L'Infanterie de Marine et ayant pour base la Carte de Mr. le Gouverneur Binger et les travaux recents du Commandant Marchant . . . 2e. Edition -- 1898
Language: French
Publish Origin: Paris
Height: 112.0
Width: 178.0
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Large
Scale: 1 : 1,500,000
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: Henri Eugene Spicq
Engraver: Erhard Fres Freres
Publisher: Service Geographique Des Colonies
Other Contributors: Binger
Camille Guy
Northernmost Latitude: 17.0
Southernmost Latitude: 4.0
Westernmost Longitude: -10.7
Easternmost Longitude: 6.8
Measurement Notes: Paris prime on map, but converted in database to Greenwich coordinates
Notes: [Ruderman source] Second state of Spicq's map of a portion of West Africa, published by the Service Geographique Des Colonies and printed in Paris by Erhard Freres, first published by Andriveau Goujon in 1897. The map provides a remarkably detailed treaatment of the region, with color coding showing the French, English and German Colonies, representing a significant improvement over prior maps, most notably a comprehensive approach to the integration of data from over two dozens explorations of the region. The map covers the Gold Coast, Ivory Coast and Slave Coast. At the far west is the Repubic of Liberia and the Maryland Colony, along with Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana Cote d'Ivoire and parts of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, extending north to the Timbuktu region The title includes a list of the contributors to the contents of the map. The most remarkable feature of the map is the meticulous treatment of the Itineraires siuvis (routes taken by the various explorers identified in the title), along with a detailed accounting of local roads, railroads planned and projected, and rivers. The map was reviewed in the Geographical Journal of the Royal Geogrpahical Society in 1897 at page 660, noting: This map includes all the country between the Niger and the West Coast, and is based upon the most recent surveys. The routes followed by numerous explorers, as well as those reported by the natives, are shown. The boundaries up to the date of publication are clearly defined, but in some cases they already require revision. At the present time, owing to disputes as to what nation certain portions of the territory belong, this cannot fait to be an interesting map. This would seem to be the best and most advanced map of the region at the end of the 19th Century. Rarity The map is apparently very rare. OCLC locates the following examples: 1897 Edition: (5 examples) British Library, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (American Geographical Society Collection), Amsterdam University, Bibliotheque National de France 1898 Edition: (3 examples) Paris Natural History Museum, University of Michel de Montainet Bordeaux, Bibliotheque National de France
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