These historical maps, primarily of Africa, form part of the Hugh Solomon Collection which was donated to the Library and Information Service in the 1960’s. Hugh Ross Solomon (1876-1956) was a Johannesburg lawyer who inherited the Africana collection of his father, Sir Edward Philip Solomon, and in his own lifetime added much to the collection. The maps in the collection were all printed before 1860. The digitisation of this collection was made possible by funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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  • Africa imagined : a selection of maps from the Hugh Solomon Collections Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service 

    Seyffert, Mimi
    An introduction on the Hugh Solomon map collection and descriptions and depictions of 18 selected maps from the collection.
  • Nieuwe Kaart van de Kaap der Goede Hoope en der na by gelegen Landen 

    Tirion, Isaak, d.1769? (Is. Tirion, 1763)
    Coloured map. Line scale given in bottom left corner in "Fransche Toises, of halve Roeden." This map (uncoloured) appears in "Hedendaagsche historie of tegenwoordige staat van Afrika", pub. Amsterdam, I. Tirion, 1763, p.683.
  • Natal and Kaffraria 

    Rapkin, J.; Winkles, Henry; Lacey, W. (Tallis (John) & Co., 1851)
    Coloured map. Line scale given. 2 inset vignettes: "Entrance to Port Natal", and Town of Durban with medallion above of the seal of Natal. Some boundaries have been added by hand in water colour, in blue and yellow.
  • False Bay (sea chart). [unidentified] 

    Duyff, Claas
    Manuscript coloured chart. Decorated cartouche with title is towards the lower right. On the right of this is an empty decorated frame, probably intended for a dedication. Below this are 2 drawings of the mountains of ...
  • Cape Colony 

    Bond, H.; Warren, H.; Rapkin, J.; Tallis (John) & co. (John Tallis & Company, 1851)
    Coloured map. 5 inset vignettes and a medallion above Cape Town in bottom left corner. Some boundaries have been added by hand in water colour, blue and yellow.
  • Geographia sacra 

    Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
    Coloured map. [Scale not given] 3 decorated insets:- 1, Giving authorities.- 2, Map of the world.- 3, In bottom right corner: Reverendo et illustridno Gulielmo Grimbergio, Antverpiensi praesuli dignissimo... This map ...
  • Aevi veteris, typus geographicus 

    Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
    Coloured map. Scale not given. Title at foot of map: En spectator, pilae totius terrae inchnographiam... Map is in form of a globe with a decorated border with circular insets in each corner (Europe, America, Asia and ...
  • Cape of Good Hope (sea chart). [unidentified] 

    Unknown author
    Manuscript coloured chart. 3 insets : 1,"Aldus vertoondt Caap de Bona Esperanca als men uijt de west komt aan zijlen, gelekent op schip Westerdycks loertroen (?) 24 February Ao. 1720". - 2, "Taffel baaij...". - 3, "Aldus ...
  • Western Africa 

    Radclyffe, E.; Rapkin, J.; Winkles, Henry (John Tallis & company, 1851)
    Map. Line scale given. 4 inset vignettes and a medallion above Sierra Leone in bottom left corner. Some boundaries have been added by hand in yellow watercolour.
  • St. Helena 

    Moll, Herman, d.1732
    Coloured map on sheet. Line scale given. Upper half of a sheet with "The Bay of Agoa de Saldanha..." Page number top right, 43. Appeared in eds. pub. 1729-1735 of H. Moll's "Atlas minor." 1732 is written in pencil ...
  • Grahams Town and the out posts 

    Wyld, James, 1812-1887; (James Wyld, 1851)
    Coloured map. London. Published by James Wyld. Geographer to the Queen & H.R.H. Prince Albert, Charing Cross East. 3rd edition May 3rd., 1851. Below map: Pubd. by Jas. Wyld. March 6th. 1851.
  • Cape of Good Hope 

    Arrowsmith, John, 1790-1873 (J. Arrowsmith, 1842)
    Coloured map with overlay 24x12cm. Line scale given. An overlay continues the coastline north from Port Natal (Durban) to Delagoa Bay. The first ed. of this map appeared in 1834.
  • North Africa 

    Thomson, John and Co.
    Coloured maps. Upper half of a sheet with "South Africa." Shows routes taken by Browne, Horneman, Bruce, Park. Lower half of a sheet with "North Africa.". Map is extended beyond the top border to include the Orange ...
  • The South Part of Africa, and the Island Madagascar 

    Moll, Herman, d.1732
    Coloured map. Line scale given. Page number top right: 44 Appeared in eds. pub. 1729-1735 of H. Moll's "Atlas minor." 1732 is written in pencil in bottom right corner.
  • Palaestinae 

    Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
    Coloured map. Line scale given. Decorated inset in top left corner gives the authorities for the map. Latin text on verso: Palestina. First appeared in A. Ortelius: Theatrum orbis terrarum, Additamentum III(Parergon) ...
  • South Africa 

    Wyld, James, 1812-1887
    Coloured map 52x85 (dissected) fold. to 19x11cm. First ed. of this map appeared in 1847 but this differs from it ego Natal is divided into 6 districts; the northern boundary is taken to the Orange & Vaal rivers. According ...
  • Romani imperii imago 

    Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
    Coloured map. Scale not given. First appeared in A. Ortelius: Theatrum orbis terrarum, Parergon, of 1579. Ortelius's name is not given on this map, nor a date. Insets: 2 giving authorities; a genealogical table; 2 ...
  • Aethiopia Inferior, vel Exterior 

    Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638
    Coloured map. Line scale given. Title cartouche in bottom right corner, on ox skin supported by 2 natives with tortoises and monkeys at the foot. Two ships are shown off the west coast & 2 more off the east coast. This ...
  • The Bay of Agoa de Saldanha 

    Moll, Herman, d.1732
    Coloured map. Line scale given. Lower half of a sheet with "St. Helena..." Page number top right: 43 Appeared in eds. pub. 1729-1735 of H. Moll's “Atlas minor”. 1732 is written in pencil in bottom left corner.
  • General chart of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope 

    Barrow, John, Sir, 1764-1848
    Coloured map.

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