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Maps of Africa: An Online Exhibit A digital collection of African Maps at the Stanford University Libraries
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Munster, Sebastian, 1489-1552
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Munster, Sebastian, 1489-1552 and Kandel, David, -1587
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Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638

Maps of Africa

Stanford’s Maps of Africa Collection became a major research resource in August of 2001 with the acquisition of the Oscar I. Norwich Collection of Maps of Africa and its islands, 1486 – ca. 1900. This acquisition added 316 maps to Stanford’s existing holdings of Maps of Africa. The collection was once again augmented in 2010 with the purchase of 294 maps from Caroline Batchelor, and then again in 2011 with a small set of maps from Rodney Shirley. The Norwich, Batchelor collections, as well as the maps from Shirley represent some of the most important maps collected by these well-known collectors. In addition, Stanford currently has, in digital-only form, 771 maps from the Barry Lawrence Ruderman Collection and the David Rumsey Map Collection; also slated for scanning are other maps of Africa from Stanford's Special Collections.

The Maps of Africa collection was built over many decades but its current strengths are largely buoyed by the 2001 acquisition of the Oscar I. Norwich Collection and the most recent purchase of maps from Caroline Batchelor. Acknowledgements for the acquisition of the Norwich collection are detailed on the Dr. Oscar I. Norwich Collections page. The staff at Stanford had significant roles in the processing, preservation, cataloging, digital reproduction and public services. Many thanks go to them for their collective work on this collection.

Some Maps Portraying the Continent

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Nigritarum regio
Ogilby, John, 1600-1676 and Ogilby, John, 1600-1676
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A New Map of Libya or old Africk Showing its general Divisions, most remarkable Countries or People, Cities, Townes, Rivers, Mountains
Wells, Edward, 1667-1727
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A New map of Africa from the latest Observations
Senex, John, -1740