Antique engraved map by J Rapkin, published by John Tallis. Original outline hand colour, decorative border, and attractive inset vignette views, 1851.
The image below shows an enlarged cross section from the centre of the map to show the level of printed detail. The map shows a number of tribal and early colonial territories, mostly delineated inland from the coast but with unresolved borders. The Maghreb is described evocatively as the "country of dates", and camel caravan routes across the Sahara are indicated. Fully or partly delineated states or regions include Algeria, Tunis, Fezzan, Tripoli, Egypt, Nubia, Abyssinia, Kordofan, Darfur, Dar Zaleh, Begharmi, Kanem, Bornou, Houssa, Senegambia, Biafra, Loango, Congo, Angola, Benguella, Cape Colony, Caffraria & Mozambique. Also marked on the map are the Mountains of Kong and the Mountains of the Moon, non-existent mountain ranges 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 of Kong 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. Vignettes: Arab family of Algeria; Bosjesman Hottentotts (wild bushmen); St Helena; Korranna Hottentots; Bedouin Arabs encampment. IMAGE SIZE: Approx 36.5 x 26.5cm, 14.5 x 10.25 inches (Large). ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Map drawn and engraved by J.Rapkin; vignette illustrations drawn by J Marchant & engraved by JH Kernot. Published by John Tallis & Co.
PROVENANCE: "Tallis's Illustrated Atlas and Modern History of the World, Geographical, Political, Commercial and Statistical", edited by R Montgomery Martin Esq. Published by John Tallis and Company, London & New York [Tallis's Illustrated Atlas]. TYPE: Antique engraved map by J Rapkin, published by John Tallis. Original outline hand colour, decorative border, and attractive inset vignette views. VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain.
CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: Tight bottom margin below caption; 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.
Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. 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.
REMARKS: FRANCE: Gravures et Cartes anciennes. DEUTSCHLAND: Alte Lankarten und Stadt ansichten.ITALIA: Stampe e Mappe antiche. ESPAÑA: Mapas antiquos y impresiones antiguas. Shows Mountains of Kong/the Moon. TALLIS/RAPKIN 1851 map" is in sale since Saturday, January 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "richben1066" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.