Decorative map of southern Africa in the late Colonial era

Printed by Sir Joseph Causton & Sons, Limited, MAP of CENTRAL AND SOUTH AFRICA. London: Published by Authority at the Offices of “South Africa”, 1941.
Lithograph printed in colors, 51 ¼”h x 38 ¼”w at neat line plus margins. Folds as issued, with a few minor separations at intersections, very good overall.

A large, decorative and enthusiastic 1941 map of southern Africa, reflecting both the sensibilities and the hard political realities of the late-Colonial era.

The map depicts Africa below 1° north latitude, with territories color-coded according to the colonizing or controlling European power—pink for the Union of South Africa and Rhodesia; green for Portuguese Mozambique and Angola; yellow for the Belgian Congo; and so on. A railroad map of the African continent is inset at lower right. Surrounding the whole are a profusion of advertisements for firms based in South Africa (Standard Bank of South Africa, steel manufacturer Iscor Pretoria, the Electricity Supply Commission) and the United Kingdom, the latter including a host of cargo and passenger shipping lines.

The map was issued by the publisher of South Africa: A Weekly Journal for All Interested in South African Affairs, which had an epic run from at least 1889 through 1961. OCLC records editions of the map issued between 1916 and 1959.

OCLC 316610451 and 863525939 list two holdings of this 1941 edition, at the National Library of Scotland and University of Oxford (May 2020).