Still as we will see some of the perceived knowledge of the continent was rather misplaced. This example of the map is unique in that someone in the 19th century added in manuscript accurately mapped discoveries of some of the great African explorers in manuscript including a carefully sketched Lakes Region. The skill and precision of these manuscript additions is impressive indeed, and lends this example of what is a rare map to begin with a very special cachet.
Beautifully engraved, this scarce and important map will make an elegant presentation if matted and framed. We begin our survey of the map with the Lakes Region which Pinkerton left largely blank and marked as "Unknown Parts". Pinkerton places the source of the Nile just north of the "Mountains of the Moon" with tributaries suggesting these mountains as the source. Our unknown amateur geographer, however, fills in much detail.Lake Victoria, Lake Albert and Lake Tanganyika, unknown at the time the map was published, have been drawn quite accurately. Note also manuscript notation of Stanley's exploration of the Lualaba River, with the Luvua shown leading to Lake Mweru. Also noted are Ignatius Knoblecher's 1851 missionary expedition and Ferdinand Werne's 1841 exploration of the White Nile, with the trading outpost of Gondokoro is notated in manuscript where Knoblecher set up a mission in 1852. Lake Malawi, which was shown in tentative outline, is also relocated. Neele had worked extensively with the great British cartographer John Cary, who as a skilled engraver himself insisted on the highest standards. Neele's bold and distinctive use for hachure topography conveys the look of relief maps as is demonstrated by this view of the "Mountains supposed to extend across the Continent". Once again the map has been supplemented with important later explorations including the expeditions and discoveries of the German explorer Heinrich Barth. In his Modern Geography Pinkerton describes women in the region north of Angola who are "as ferocious as the men" who "delight to cleave the skull and suck the warm brains of the slain". Of course there is no historical evidence of any such practice in the area but such accounts were common at the time. Note careful tracing of supplemental river courses following the expeditions of Stanley and others.
Note desert salt mines , "Jalofs or Yalofs" in Senegal and the notation for cannibals in the Kingdom of Maniana. Pinkerton wrote of the inhabitants taking "cruel and abominable delight in drinking warm human blood and eating human sacrifices". Note the curious presentation of Madagascar - the east coast is very accurately mapped while the west coast is quite imprecise, with exaggerated features such as a very large "Bay of Mansiatre" in the region of Morondava. Numerous tribal groups identified for southern Africa, including the Hottentots, "Booshuanas" and the "Bosjesmans". Various ancient names for Kingdoms such as Sofala, Sabia, Manica are presented - note "Rich Gold Mines" and "Fort of the Zimbas" in what is now Mozambique.Egypt and the Red Sea - note "Source of the Nile according to Bruce" marked in Abyssinia - a reference to Scottish explorer James Bruce. The horizontal lines for littoral waters combined with Neele's remarkably dense engraving work for topography gives the map a distinct "3D" appearance. Condition - Please note carefully: Map is in overall very good condition as can be ascertained from photos, strong impression, good quality J. Whatman paper with watermark dated 1810, no text on verso. Part of the original binding strip is present on verso and its outline shows in narrow band across the horizontal centrefold with some spotty browning visible on recto from discolouration of old glue. The original outline hand colour is bright and vivid, as are the manuscript supplements. Map does not exhibit offset as is common with Pinkerton maps, paper bright and clean.
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