Accuratissima Totius Africae Tabula in Lucem producta

Johann Baptist Homann (*1664 - 1724)
Old coloured map of the African continent. Printed in Nuremberg by Jacob von Sandrart circa 1697.

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One of the first maps by Johann Baptist Homann

This rare map of Africa by Jacob von Sandrart is one of only two maps that Johann Baptist Homann engraved before 1700. Parts of the geographical information correspond to the time and is already shown correctly, others are still based on Ptolemaic maps, like the origin of the Nile in the inland lakes Zaire and Zaflan. The map is difficult to date because it was not bound into any of the standard atlases and was usually sold separately or can be found in composite atlases. Richard Betz dates the map in The mapping of Africa to around 1697, when Sandrart published much of his work. Beautifule title cartouche with the inhabitants and animals of Africa, sailing ships in the seas.


CartographerJohann Baptist Homann
TitleAccuratissima Totius Africae Tabula in Lucem producta
Publisher, YearJacob von Sandrart, Nuremberg, circa 1697
Plate Size48.4 x 57.0 cm (19.1 x 22.4 inches)
Sheet Size52.2 x 61.0 cm (20.6 x 24.0 inches)


Minor water stain in upper white margin. A crease left to centrefold. Very good condition.


Johann Baptist Homann was born 1664 in Oberkammlach. He founded his business 1702 in Nuremberg, Germany. After a long period of Dutch domination in map publishing, the Homann publishing house became the most important map and atlas producer in Germany. He became a member of the Academy of Science in Berlin just after he published his first atlas in 1707. After his death 1724 in Nuremberg, the company was continued by his son Johann Christoph. The publishing firm was bequeathed to his heirs after his death in 1730 and was traded under the name Homann Heirs until the next century.

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Old coloured map of the African continent. Printed in Nuremberg by Jacob von Sandrart circa 1697.

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