c. 1715 – J. B. Homann – Totius Africae


Title:                      “Totius Africae Nova Repraesentatio qua praeter diversos in ea Status et Regiones, etiam Origo Nili… Sac. Caes. Maj. Geographo Norimbergae.”


Richly ornamented map of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula with the typical inaccuracies of eighteenth century cartography. It is colored by region and identifies topographical features and settlements. Nile is based partly on Ptolemy (rising in two large lakes, Zaire and Zaflan) and partly on the 16th century discovery of the source of the Nile by the Portuguese Paez. The elaborate title cartouche is filled with interesting imagery including the pyramids, ivory trading, the source of the Nile, a troop of monkeys (throwing rocks at their hunters), kings, chiefs and warriors, a fat-tailed sheep with its tail supported by a wagon and cherubs bringing salvation to the continent.

Map comes from Johann Baptist Homann’s atlas “Kleiner Atlas von 50. Auserlesenen Homanns Land-Charten, nach methodischer Ordnung … Joh. Hübners … seiner Welt-beliebten Geographischen Fragen eingericht.”

Cartographer:     Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724)
Sheet size:          50,0 x 59,0 cm
City and Year:    Nuremberg, circa 1715
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition! Original hand colouring on watermarked paper.


​Due to the age of this map some imperfections to be expected!

This is an original antique map published circa 1715 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

On your request we will provide a Certificate of Authenticity.

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