AFRICA Brazil Atlantic Gnomonic Projection Mountains of Kong SDUK 1844 old map
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AFRICA Brazil Atlantic Gnomonic Projection Mountains of Kong SDUK 1844 old map

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TITLE OF MAP (NOT PRINTED ON THE PAGE):'WORLD ON GNOMONIC PROJECTION, I., Africa and South Europe'

Marked on this map are the Mountains of Kong, a non-existent mountain range charted on English maps of Africa from 1798 through the late 1880s. An early map resulting from exploration of the area and showing this west to east mountain range in 1798 was produced by English cartographer James Rennell. The mountains were thought to begin in West Africa near the highland source of the Niger River near Tembakounda in Guinea, then continue east to the also fictitious Central African Mountains of the Moon, thought to be where the White Nile rose. Cartographers stopped including the mountains on maps after French explorer Louis Gustave Binger established that the mountains were fictitious in his 1887-1889 expedition to chart the Niger River from its mouth in the Gulf of Guinea and through Côte d'Ivoire.

The top image on the right hand side shows the entire map. To view a close up of the map showing the level of printed detail, please click on the bottom image on the right hand side.

DATE PRINTED: 1844    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 31.0 x 28.5cm, 12.25 x 11.25 inches (Large)

TYPE: Antique steel engraved map with original outline hand colouring (coloring)

CONDITION: Fair: Spotting. Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic map, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Engraved by J & C Walker

PROVENANCE: "Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge", published by Chapman & Hall, London, under the superintendance of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge [SDUK Atlas]



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