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 Northern Africa 

RENNELL, James. [The first appearance of the infamous 'Mountains of Kong']
A Map shewing the Progress of Discovery & Improvement, in the Geography of North Africa. London: James Rennell, 1798. Some original outline colour. 430 x 725mm. Bottom right edge trimmed for binding, new margin added.
A map of North Africa compiled by James Rennell to illustrate his appendix to Mungo Park's 'Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa', the account of Park's search for the source of the River Niger. Under the patronage of Sir Joseph Banks and the African Association, Park travelled to Africa to seek the source of the River Niger (1795-7). His expedition was delayed by captivity and illness (he spent seven months convalescing in a man's home), and he was believed dead when he returned to Britain. Because Park had little experience as a cartographer, the job of compiling the maps for the official account fell to Major James Rennell (1742-1830), former cartographer to the East India Company in Bengal. He too had fallen foul of locals and had to retire from active service because of the wounds he had received. He became a research cartographer, pioneering oceanography. He used a variety of sources to compile this map and in doing so made his greatest cartographic error: he extrapolated a single mountain seen by Park into a huge range, creating the 'Mountains of Kong', running across West Africa. Such was Rennell's reputation that his theory was instantly accepted and the 'Mountains of Kong' blighted maps of Africa for most of the nineteenth century and occasionally beyond.
[Ref: 14252]    £550.00 ($683 • €611 rates)

CASSINI, Giovanni Maria. [Egypt]
L'Egitto Antico. Rome, 1800. Coloured. 515 x 375mm.
Egypt, with a decorative title cartouche, from the 'Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale'.
[Ref: 7372]    £200.00 ($248 • €222 rates)

DE LA ROCHETTE, Louis Stanislas d'Arcy. [Detailed map of Egypt]
Lower Egypt and the Adjacent Deserts with a part of Palestine; to which has been added the Nomenclature of the Roman Age. London, James Wyld, 1840. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen, edged in green silk, folded into marbled endpapers with original cloth covers. 570 x 840mm.
Detailed map, extending from Arabs Bay to Acre.
[Ref: 12034]    £260.00 ($323 • €289 rates)

LEAKE, William Martin. [A map of Egypt drawn after the defeat of Napoleon's army]
Map of Egypt, by Lieutenant Colonel W.M. Leake, of the Royal Artillery. L.L.D. F.R.S. One of the Committee of the African Association and Hon.y Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin. London: John Arrowsmith?, c.1840. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen, as issued, total 1340 x 805mm. James Wyld's shop label pasted over Arrowsmith's (?) publication line, Wyld's advert pasted on linen, folded into a slipcase with Wyld's label.
A detailed map of the Nile south to Aswan, continued to Old Dongola in Sudan within an inset. Although drawn by a military man, it contains considerable references to antiquities. Leake (1777-1860) was sent to Constantinople in 1799 to train the Ottomans in the use of artillery, to help them repel Revolutionary France. He joined the Ottoman army in Egypt in 1801 and, after the French army was expelled, was employed to survey the Nile as far as the cataracts. Like Napoleon's 'savants', his interests were two-fold: firstly there were the logistical, including the possibility that the ancient canals linking the Nile with the Red Sea could be reopeded; and secondly correlating the antiquities with the writings of classical writers like Pliny and Herodotus. Leake's route home included sailing on the ship carrying the Elgin Marbles from Athens to England. Unfortunately it floundered off Cerigo and he lost all his maps and observations. The publication of this map had to wait until 1818, when he had retired from the army. He compiled this map from various sources, edited with his own knowledge: he acknowledges the work of Johann Ludwig Burckhardt for the mapping south of Aswan. The map appears to be the 1840 edition by John Arrowmith; Wyld's advert is illustrated in 'British Map Engravers' and given the date1846.
[Ref: 19549]    £400.00 ($497 • €444 rates)

TALLIS, John. [Mid 19th century map of Egypt with vignettes]
Egypt and Arabia Petræa. London: John Tallis & Co., c.1851. Original outline colour. Steel engraving, 355 x 240mm.
Old map of Egypt and Sinai, drawn and engraved by John Rapkin for the 'Illustrated Atlas', one of the last decorative atlases, with an ornate printed border and vignettes of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, Alexandria, the Sphinx and Karnack.
[Ref: 16141]    £120.00 ($149 • €133 rates)

VINCENDON DUMOULIN, Clement Adrien. [An uncommon 19th century old sea chart of Rabat and Salé, Morocco]
Carta del Puerto y Rada de Salé. Levantado en 1852. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1860. 405 x 565mm.
A scarce Spanish antique chart of the seas around Rabat (or New Salé), with the layout of the town and some of the antiquities marked. C.A. Vincendon Dumoulin (1811-58) was a French hydrographer who served with Dumont D'Urville on the Astrolabe's voyage to the South Seas.
[Ref: 12781]    £600.00 ($745 • €666 rates)

NOGUERA, Juan. [An uncommon Spanish sea chart of the coast of Nigeria]
Costa Occidental de Africa. Hoja X. Comprende desde el Cabo S.n Pablo hasta el de Formoso, segun los trabajos ingleses mas modernos. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1850-68. 640 x 940mm. With the blindstamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia.
A detailed chart of the Gulf of Guinea from Keta in Ghana south east to the mouth of the Niger, marking Ouidah in Benin and Lagos in Nigeria.
[Ref: 18235]    £725.00 ($900 • €805 rates)

VINCENDON DUMOULIN, Clement Adrien. [An uncommon 19th century old sea chart of Mogador, now Essaouira in Morocco]
Costa Occidental de Africa. Carta de la Bahia de Mogador. Levantada en 1852... Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1860-69. 440 x 630mm. Blind stamp of the Direccion de Hidrografia.
A scarce Spanish antique chart of the seas around both the city and island of Mogador, with the layout of the town and some of the antiquities marked. C.A. Vincendon Dumoulin (1811-58) was a French hydrographer who served with Dumont D'Urville on the Astrolabe's voyage to the South Seas.
[Ref: 12782]    £300.00 ($373 • €333 rates)

STANFORD, Edward. [Map of the Nile published during the Mahdist crisis]
A Map of the Nile, from the Equatorial Lakes to the Mediterranean, Embracing the Egyptian Sûdan (Kordofan, Darfur, &c.) and Abyssinia. 1884. London: Edward Stanford, December 1st, 1884. Chromolithographic map with extra original hand colour, dissected and laid on linen, folded into cloth covers with publisher's label. 660 x 560mm.
A map of the Nile south to Lake Victoria, published during the revolt of Sudan against Egyptian control, which had started in 1881. Britain became embroiled in the conflict as Egypt was a protectorate. The revolt began when Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah (1845-85) declared himself the 'Mahdi' (a messianic redeemer of the Islamic faith). Although the 'Ulema' (the Orthodox religious authorities) ridiculed his claims, he gathered an army of 40,000 and soon much of Sudan was in his control. Britian wanted to withdraw from the area, and General Charles George Gordon was despatched to Khartoum evacuate Europeans and Egyptian loyalists. He arrived in Egypt in January 1884, but by March was beseiged in Khartoum. The city, at the centre of this map, was still invested when this map was published in December; the city fell and Gordon killed on January 26th, two days before a relief force arrived. Also of interest is the section of the Congo and its tributary, the Lualaba, as mapped by Henry Morton Stanley in 1877. The cararacts that separate the two rivers are called here the Stanley Falls, but are now the Boyoma Falls.
[Ref: 14483]    £300.00 ($373 • €333 rates)

Gold Coast Survey. [Map of Ghana as a British Crown Colony]
Gold Coast Survey General Map of The Gold Coast and that part of Togoland mandated to Great Britain. Accra, 1928, third edition. Chromolithographic map, dissect and laid on linen as issued, total 770 x 560mm, folded into yellow paper covers. Covers slightly darkened.
A detailed map of Ghana under British rule.
[Ref: 15243]    £260.00 ($323 • €289 rates)

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