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Pre-colonial Africa. Mountains of Kong/Moon. Caravan routes. THOMSON 1817 map

Pre-colonial Africa. Mountains of Kong/Moon. Caravan routes. THOMSON 1817 map

Pre-colonial Africa. Mountains of Kong/Moon. Caravan routes. THOMSON 1817 map

Antique early 19th century atlas map with original hand colouring, 1817. This wonderful large map shows Africa at the start of the colonial era, when it was still substantially unexplored by Europeans.

The substantial blank area in the centre of the continent is described only as "Unknown parts". A non-existent mountain range traverses the continent west to east - the Mountains of Kong, and the Mountains of the Moon - a cartographic error that persisted for much of the 19th century.

The Niger river is shown inaccurately to flow into one of a number of lakes marked in a location somewhere to the actual location of Lake Chad. A number of caravan routes across the Sahara are marked, along with salt and copper mines. DATE PRINTED: Published in 1817. IMAGE SIZE: Approx 50.0 x 56.5cm, 19.75 x 22.25 inches (Large); Please note that this is a folding map. ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Drawn & engraved by John & George Menzies for John Thomson's "New General Atlas".

PROVENANCE: "A new general atlas", consisting of a series of geographical designs, on various projections, exhibiting the form and component parts of the globe; and a collection of maps and charts, delineating the natural and political divisions of the Empires, Kingdoms, and States in the World, Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay and Company, for John Thomson and Company, Edinburgh; Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London; and John Cumming, Dublin [Thomson's New General Atlas]. TYPE: Antique early 19th century atlas map with original hand colouring. VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain. CONDITION: Poor: Offsetting - text and/or images from the facing page have left an impression on the print; Toning along part of centrefold. A tear in the bottom margin has been crudely repaired with tape.

Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. 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.

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  • Source (Media Type): Atlas
  • Size: Approx 50.0 x 56.5cm, 19.75 x 22.25 inches
  • Item condition: Poor- please read full description below
  • Verso: There is nothing on the reverse, which is plain
  • Provenance/Origin: Please scroll down - see detail below
  • Original/Reproduction: Original (defined below-doesn't imply uniqueness)
  • Date Printed: 1817
  • Type: Map


Pre-colonial Africa. Mountains of Kong/Moon. Caravan routes. THOMSON 1817 map