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1817 Thomson Map of North Africa and South Africa

1817 Thomson Map of North Africa and South Africa

1817 Thomson Map of North Africa and South Africa
1817 Thomson Map of North Africa and South Africa. WE SELL ONLY ORIGINAL ANTIQUE MAPS - NOT REPRODUCTIONS. Description: This unusual hand-colored 1817 map by John Thomson is essentially two maps in one: North Africa and South Africa. Thomson's decision to focus on these two parts of Africa may seem unusual until one realizes that these were in fact the only relatively well known parts of the'dark continent. Northern Africa, particularly the Nile Valley and the Mediterranean Coast had long been visited by European merchants and travelers while, beyond the Sahara, the Niger River system had recently been explorer by the adventurers Mungo Park, Brown and others. Nonetheless speculation remained regarding he sources and course of the Niger, especially in the East, where a speculative river path leas south east from a proto-Lake Chad (Wancara or Ungara) through a speculative mountain range, the Mountains of the Moon or the Mountains of Kong. Park, and others postulated the existence of the Mountains of Kong stretching across central Africa in an attempt to explain the Niger.

Further north, caravan routes crisscross the Sahara. Southern Africa, a more pleasing climate to the Europeans, was in the meantime actively and aggressively being colonized by the Dutch and the English. Here, the region is divided into various provinces including the recently acquired British Cape District and Zwellingdam, and the Dutch / Afrikaans Territories of Stellenbosch and Graaff Reyn.

Numerous transcontinental routes are identified, as are areas commendable to settlement, pasturage, and development. Of particular note is the route of John Campbell, an English Missionary through Zwellingdam. Campbell was commissioned to reconnaissance the area and provide a detailed report on the territory's country, settlements, and people. His report was highly regarded in its time and provided some of the best information about South Africa available in England. The whole is beautifully engraved in the minimalist English style pioneered in the early part of the 19th century.

Thomson maps are known for their stunning color, awe-inspiring size, and magnificent detail. Thomson's work, including this map, represents some of the finest cartographic art of the 19th century. Relief is shown by hachure with towns, cities, and major topographical features identified. This map was prepared by John Thomson for inclusion in the 1817 edition of Thomson's New General Atlas. Size: Printed area measures 24 inches high by 21 inches wide.

Minor wear along original centerfold. Overall toning and foxing at places.

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Services include deacidification cleaning flattening and backing. The item "1817 Thomson Map of North Africa and South Africa" is in sale since Thursday, May 9, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "geographicusmaps" and is located in 11221. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
  • Publication Year: 1817
  • Year: 1817

1817 Thomson Map of North Africa and South Africa