AFRICA Shows Mountains of Kong/the Moon Caravan routes TALLIS/RAPKIN 1851 map
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AFRICA. Shows Mountains of Kong/the Moon. Caravan routes.TALLIS/RAPKIN 1851 map

Price: £189.00

TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'Africa'

The map shows a number of tribal and early colonial territories, mostly delineated inland from the coast but with unresolved borders. The Maghreb is described evocatively as the "country of dates", and camel caravan routes across the Sahara are indicated. Fully or partly delineated states or regions include Algeria, Tunis, Fezzan, Tripoli, Egypt, Nubia, Abyssinia, Kordofan, Darfur, Dar Zaleh, Begharmi, Kanem, Bornou, Houssa, Senegambia, Biafra, Loango, Congo, Angola, Benguella, Cape Colony, Caffraria & Mozambique. Also marked on the map are the Mountains of Kong and the Mountains of the Moon, non-existent mountain ranges 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 of Kong 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. Vignettes: Arab family of Algeria; Bosjesman Hottentotts (wild bushmen); St Helena; Korranna Hottentots; Bedouin Arabs encampment

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: 1851    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 36.5 x 26.5cm, 14.5 x 10.25 inches (Large)

TYPE: Antique engraved map by J Rapkin, published by John Tallis. Original outline hand colour, decorative border, and attractive inset vignette views

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Tight bottom margin below caption; The image shown may have been taken from a different example of this map than that which is offered for sale. The map you will receive is in good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition from that shown in the image. This map was coloured by hand at the time of publication, thus the colouration may vary slightly between different examples of the map; the colouring applied to the map you receive may differ slightly from that shown in the image. 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: Map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin; vignette illustrations drawn by J Marchant & engraved by JH Kernot. Published by John Tallis & Co

PROVENANCE: "Tallis's Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World, Geographical, Political, Commercial and Statistical", edited by R Montgomery Martin Esq., published by John Tallis and Company, London & New York [Tallis's Illustrated Atlas]



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AFRICA. Shows Mountains of Kong/the Moon. Caravan routes.TALLIS/RAPKIN 1851 map
AFRICA. Shows Mountains of Kong/the Moon. Caravan routes.TALLIS/RAPKIN 1851 map

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