Coloured carte à figures map of Africa by Willem Janszoon Blaeu from the golden age of Dutch cartography. Appearing separately around 1620, the map, with minor modifications, continued to be published and included in Blaeu’s landmark atlases, “Atlas Novus” and “Atlas Maior” until 1672. Africa’s coastal regions are mapped in great detail with towns and tribal kingdoms shown. However, the geography of the interior, which was largely unexplored by Europeans at the time, is sparely documented and instead populated with animals (elephants, lions, crocodiles, etc.). It is decorated across the top with views of nine cities of the region, including Tangiers, Tunis, Algiers, Alexandria and Cairo, and panels down both sides depicting men and women from different parts of Africa in native dress. Unusually for Blaeu maps, it is blank verso, so it may have been issued separately. Other than a few tiny pinholes and some areas discolouration, a finely coloured example with tight side margins in very good condition. 41 cm x 55 cm