“A new and most exact map of Africa described by N.I. Vischer and don into English; Enlarged and Corrected according to J. Blaeu and Others, With the Habits of ye people, and ye manner of ye Cheife sitties ye like never before.”
Stanford’s Maps of Africa Collection became a major research resource in August of 2001 with the acquisition of the 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. Altogether, the Maps of Africa Collection holds over 700 maps, 632 of which are searchable and viewable through Stanford’s Image Gallery.
The Maps of Africa collection was built over many decades but its current strengths are largely buoyed by the 2001 acquisition of the 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.