Map of Ancient Africa, c. 1827, Hall
Africa, Antiqua, c. 1827, Hall
This map is unusual and even the casual viewer will notice something strange. This map features barely any lines to indicate borders between nations. The reason for this is that the map depicts ancient, rather than a 19th-century Africa.
In the early 1800s, Europeans had just begun to explore the greater African continent and have had little-to-no knowledge of the ancient geography of northern Africa and, thus, no way of depicting it on a map as many African cultures used an oral tradition in ancient times. Along the coast, important cities cited in the writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans appear, and the geography of Egypt was familiar to many. However, even today we know little about the region known as Ancient Africa as the Libyan Desert made travel between northern Africans difficult. Even the great kingdoms of Ancient Egypt kept their trade to their closest neighbors along the Nile and up north in Greece.
This beautiful hand-colored map was created circa 1827. It is engraved by Sidney Hall and was published in London by the printing company Longman & Co.
- Onastasia Youssef
Sheet size: 10.75" x 8.25"
Condition: In excellent condition