West and West Central Africa, late 17th cent.


D. O. Dapper, Description de l'Afrique . . . Traduite du Flamand (Amsterdam,1686; 1st ed., 1668), facing p. 218. (Copy in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)


Title: Guinea. Black/white engraving, interior and coastal place names with drawings of animals. This map is very similar to, and is probably derived from, Joan Blaeu, [Atlas Major] Geographia, quae est Cosmographia Blaviana . . . (Amsterdam, 1662), vol. 9, between pp. 115 and 116; see image reference blaeu01 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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