1950 Craste Pictorial Map of Cameroon

A Map of Cameroun. - Main View

1950 Craste Pictorial Map of Cameroon


Charming pictorial map promoting Cameroon.


A Map of Cameroun.
  1950 (undated)     47 x 31 in (119.38 x 78.74 cm)     1 : 1300000


This is a 1951 Léon Craste pictorial map of Cameroon, created for the French Ministère de la France Outre-Mer (Ministry of Overseas France). Coverage extends from French West Africa and Nigeria to French East Africa and from Lake Chad to Gabon and Spanish Guinea. Elephants, rhinos, lions, and hippos, some of the most recognizable animals in the world, are included, adding to the exotic aesthetic. This aesthetic, however, is encapsulated by the depiction of a native village in the upper left. Partially clothed natives stand staring at the 'camera' going about their daily activities surrounded by 'everyday' African objects, including a lion-skin rug and two elephant tusks. Huts and a lush green forest complete the vision. Exoticism had always been an important part of French promotion of the colonies, with a particularly good example being the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Vincennes.
France and Cameroon
The French became the 'stewards' of Cameroon following World War I (1914 - 1918) when France and Great Britain were granted a League of Nations mandate over German administered territory after Germany was divested of its colonial holdings. After World War II (1939 - 1945), French Cameroon became a member of the French Union, much to the chagrin of the Cameroonian people. It would not be until January 1960 that Cameroon would gain independence from France.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Léon Craste for the French Ministère de la France Outre-Mer and printed by the Imprimerie A. Karcher in 1951. The only other known example is part of the David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford University.


Leon Craste (1887 - 1970) was a French artist. Craste is largely remembered for his pictorial travel maps of French West Africa. Learn More...

The Imprimerie Alfred Karcher (1911 - 1999) was a French publishing firm founded by two Alsatian brothers,Jules and Alfred Karcher, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Learn More...


Very good. Verso repairs to fold separation and at fold intersections. Exhibits slight loss at some fold intersections. Blank on verso.


Rumsey 12156.000.