Fine old color example of this finely engraved map of western part of Sub-Saharan Africa, first published by Nicholas Sanson in 1654.
Of note is the title, which includes the words Pays de Negres (Country of the Negroes).
Sanson was the Royal Geographer to the King of France and perhaps the most important commercial mapmaker of his generation.
Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the father of French cartography in its golden age from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth. Over the course of his career he produced over 300 maps. His success can be chalked up to his geographic and research skills, but also to his partnership with Pierre Mariette. Previously, Sanson had worked primarily with the publisher Melchior Tavernier. Mariette purchased Tavernier’s business in 1644. Sanson worked with Mariette until 1657, when the latter died. Mariette’s son, also Pierre, helped to publish the Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde.