Pre-colonial AFRICA. Mountains of Kong.Circular Zambesi.Tribes. WELLER 1863 map
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Pre-colonial AFRICA. Mountains of Kong.Circular Zambesi.Tribes. WELLER 1863 map

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This fascinating map of early colonial Africa includes a number of cartographic errors or misapprehensions. These include the non-existent "Mountains of Kong" in West Africa. The Congo and Zambesi rivers both include parts which are assumed (as reflected by dotted lines) such that they are shown on the map as joined to form a single coast to coast river system. The Zambesi system itself is further indicated to include a circular loop. Lake Victoria, first sighted by Europeans and identified as the source of the Nile in 1858 (4 years before publication of the map) is correctly shown as such on the map, although it is assumed to be joined to "Lake Baringa" to the north east (Lake Turkana?). The Mountains of Kong were 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. This map is folding hence the centrefold line may show on the image below

DATE PRINTED: 1863    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 47.0 x 64.5cm, 18.5 x 25.25 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.

TYPE: Antique map with original outline colour

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: 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. The colouring used varies 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

FOLDING: This is a folding map.


PROVENANCE: "Cassell's Complete Atlas" (a.k.a. "The Weekly Dispatch Atlas"), Published by Cassell, Petter and Galpin, London [Cassell's Weekly Dispatch Atlas]

Pre-colonial AFRICA. Mountains of Kong.Circular Zambesi.Tribes. WELLER 1863 map
Pre-colonial AFRICA. Mountains of Kong.Circular Zambesi.Tribes. WELLER 1863 map

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