Detailed map of Northwestern Africa, colored by regions, based upon De L'Isle's map first published circa 1700.
Extends from the Kingdom of Tripoli and the Mediterranean to the Gulf of Guinea and the Gabon River, with remarkable detail throughout. Includes the Canary Islands, Madeira and the Cape Verdes.
The map was revised several times in the 18th Century and also copied in Amsterdam by Covens & Mortier. This was the prototype map of Northwestern Africa during the first half of the 18th Century.
Philippe Buache (1700-1773) was one of the most famous French geographers of the eighteenth century. Buache was married to the daughter of the eminent Guillaume Delisle and worked with his father-in-law, carrying on the business after Guillaume died. Buache gained the title geographe du roi in 1729 and was elected to the Academie des Sciences in the same year. Buache was a pioneering theoretical geographer, especially as regards contour lines and watersheds. He is best known for his works such as Considérations géographiques et physiques sur les découvertes nouvelles dans la grande mer (Paris, 1754).