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  AFRICA 
 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 ($721 • €626 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 ($262 • €228 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 ($341 • €296 rates)


TALLIS, John. [Map of north west Africa with vignettes]
Northern Africa. London: John Tallis & Co., c.1851. Original outline colour. Steel engraving, printed area 260 x 330 mm.
Old map of northern west Africa showing Morocco, Algeria and Tunis. It was drawn and engraved by John Rapkin for the 'Illustrated Atlas', one of the last decorative atlases, with an ornate printed border and vignettes of Morocco, Constantine, Algiers and Tunis.
[Ref: 15798]    £95.00 ($124 • €108 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 ($157 • €137 rates)


TALLIS, John. [Map of western Africa with vignettes]
Western Africa. London: John Tallis & Co., c.1851, Original outline colour. Steel engraving, printed area 260 x 335mm.
Old map of western Africa from Senegal to Nigeria, drawn and engraved by John Rapkin for the 'Illustrated Atlas', one of the last decorative atlases, with an ornate printed border and vignettes of Sierra Leone, Christiansborg (Osu Castle), Cape coast Castle and Bakel.
[Ref: 17777]    £140.00 ($183 • €159 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 ($786 • €683 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]    £1,100.00 ($1,441 • €1,252 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 ($393 • €341 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 ($393 • €341 rates)


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