WEST AFRICA early explorers' & caravan routes. Mountains of Kong SDUK 1844 map


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WEST AFRICA, I., Senegal River to Cape St Paul.'
Antique steel engraved map with original outline hand colouring (coloring), 1844
Title of map: 'WEST AFRICA, I., Senegal River to Cape St Paul.'
The image below shows an enlarged cross section from the centre of the map to show the level of printed detail:
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
coloring)
VERSO: There is nothing printed on the reverse side, which is plain
CONDITION: Fair: Tide mark in lower right corner. 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. 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.
REMARKS: FRANCE: Gravures et Cartes anciennes. DEUTSCHLAND: Alte Lankarten und 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.

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