West Central Africa, Congo and Angola, late 17th cent.


D. O. Dapper, Description de l'Afrique . . . Traduite du Flamand (Amsterdam,1686; 1st ed., 1668). (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)


Title, Regna Congo et Angola. The same map, but in color and with a different cartouche, was published earlier in Joan Blaeu, Atlas Maior (Amsterdam, 1662; vol. 9, between pp. 147 and 148); see image reference blaeu03 on this website. In an informed discussion of Dapper as an historical source, Adam Jones writes there is virtually no evidence that Dapper took much interest in what sort of visual material was to accompany his text, and that it was the publisher, Van Meurs, who probably did all the engraving himself. With respect to the maps, in particular, Jones notes they were evidently made without reference to Dapper's text, but he discusses the sources from which the maps were probably derived (Decompiling Dapper: A Preliminary Search for Evidence, History in Africa [1990], vol. 17, pp. 187-190).

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