WESTERN AFRICA.Kong Mountains.Caravan routes.Slave Coast.TALLIS RAPKIN 1849 map
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WESTERN AFRICA.Kong Mountains.Caravan routes.Slave Coast.TALLIS/RAPKIN 1849 map

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TITLE/CONTENT OF MAP: 'Western Africa'

The map shows sub-saharan west Africa prior to the later "Scramble for Africa" colonisation. Senegambia is shown, as is the state of Liberia. Ashantee (roughly present day Ghana) is indicated. The coasts are evocatively named in turn as the "Grain coast", "Windy coast", "Ivory Coast", "Gold Coast" & "Slave coast". Saharan camel caravan routes are indicated. Vignettes: Christiansborg; Cape Coast Castle; Bakel; Sierra Leone. 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. This map is folding hence the centrefold line may show on the image below

DATE PRINTED: 1849    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 36.0 x 26.5cm, 14 x 10.25 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map.

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: 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 which may include some light spotting. 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.

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Map drawn and engraved by J. Rapkin; vignette illustrations drawn by H Winkles & engraved by E Radclyffe. Published by John Tallis & Co

PROVENANCE: "The British Colonies' their history, extent, condition and resources", by Montgomery Martin Esq. Published by John Tallis & Company, London & New York [British Colonies]



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