Pre-colonial Africa. Mountains of Kong/Moon. Caravan routes. THOMSON 1817 map

Pre-colonial Africa. Mountains of Kong/Moon. Caravan routes. THOMSON 1817 map

Product SKU: P-8-003717

Price £179.00

'Africa' by Drawn & engraved by John & George Menzies for John Thomson's "New General Atlas" (Published in 1817). Antique early 19th century atlas map with original hand colouring, 50.0 x 56.5cm, 19.75 x 22.25 inches; Please note that this is a folding map.

This wonderful large map shows Africa at the start of the colonial era, when it was still substantially unexplored by Europeans. The substantial blank area in the centre of the continent is described only as "Unknown parts". A non-existent mountain range traverses the continent west to east - the Mountains of Kong, and the Mountains of the Moon - a cartographic error that persisted for much of the 19th century. The Niger river is shown inaccurately to flow into one of a number of lakes marked in a location somewhere to the actual location of Lake Chad. A number of caravan routes across the Sahara are marked, along with salt and copper mines

TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'Africa'

This wonderful large map shows Africa at the start of the colonial era, when it was still substantially unexplored by Europeans. The substantial blank area in the centre of the continent is described only as "Unknown parts". A non-existent mountain range traverses the continent west to east - the Mountains of Kong, and the Mountains of the Moon - a cartographic error that persisted for much of the 19th century. The Niger river is shown inaccurately to flow into one of a number of lakes marked in a location somewhere to the actual location of Lake Chad. A number of caravan routes across the Sahara are marked, along with salt and copper mines

DATE PRINTED: Published in 1817    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 50.0 x 56.5cm, 19.75 x 22.25 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.

TYPE: Antique early 19th century atlas map with original hand colouring

CONDITION: Poor: Offsetting - text and/or images from the facing page have left an impression on the print; Toning along part of centrefold. A tear in the bottom margin has been crudely repaired with tape. 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

FOLDING: This is a folding map.

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Drawn & engraved by John & George Menzies for John Thomson's "New General Atlas"

PROVENANCE: "A new general atlas", consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the Empires, Kingdoms, and States in the World", Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for John Thomson and Company, Edinburgh; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London; and John Cumming, Dublin [Thomson's New General Atlas]

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