AFRICA map pre-dating much exploration. Mountains of Kong.Population SDUK 1844
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AFRICA map pre-dating much exploration. Mountains of Kong.Population SDUK 1844

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TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'AFRICA'

Much of Central Africa was unexplored by Europeans in 1839 and is therefore shown as blank on the map. Lake Victoria was first sighted by a European in 1858. The map shows the "supposed source of R. Zaire" and marks the furthest Portuguese settlement inland in Angola. Marked on the 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: This map was originally published by The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1839; this date is printed on the map. This edition of the map was printed and published by Chapman & Hall in 1844.    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 33.0 x 40.5cm, 13 x 16 inches (Large)

TYPE: Antique steel engraved map

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. Repaired marginal tear. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. 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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AFRICA map pre-dating much exploration. Mountains of Kong.Population SDUK 1844
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