WEST AFRICA, I., Senegal River to Cape St Paul.'
Antique steel engraved map with original outline hand colouring (coloring),
Title of map: 'WEST AFRICA, I., Senegal River to Cape St Paul.'
The map shows the routes followed by the explorers Caillie, Laing, O'Byrne,
Winterbottom, Campbell, Mollien, Beaufort, Dochard, Park & Gray. Marked on this
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.
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 32.5 x 40.5cm, 12.75 x 16 inches (Large)
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]
TYPE: Antique steel engraved map with original outline hand colouring
VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
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, 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. I offer a no questions
asked return policy - see below.
AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date
stated above. I do not offer reproductions. It is not a modern copy. The term
original' when applied to a print means that it was printed at the first or
original date of publication; it does not imply that the item is unique.
Print' means any image created by applying an inked block to paper or card
under pressure by any method including wood engraving, steel engraving,
copperplate, wood cut and lithography.
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Stadt ansichten. ITALIA: Stampe e Mappe antiche. ESPAÑA: Mapas antiquos y
impresiones antiguas. E and OE. Force Majeure. English law shall apply.
RETURNS POLICY: I offer a no questions returns policy. All I ask is that you
pay return shipping and mail back to me in original condition, suitably packed
insured, within 14 days of receipt.