1840 Black Map of Africa
Description: A fine example of Adam and Charles Black's 1840 map of Africa. The map covers the entire continent from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean. Also shows the Island of Madagascar. An interesting map issued just as most of the earth's non-polar shore has been explored. Gone are many of the errors of the previous century with the coastal regions accurately depicted. Inland though, much remained confused. A large portion of central Africa is marked ‘unexplored regions’ and the area of the Sahara or the Great Desert is beautifully rendered. This map was engraved by G. Aikman for issue in the 1840 edition of Black's General Atlas.
Date: 1840 (undated)
Source: Hall, Sydney, Black's General Atlas: A series of Fifty-Four Maps from the Latest and Most Authentic Sources, Engraved on Steel, In the First Style of the Art, (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black) 1840.
References: Philips (atlases) 4334.
Cartographer: Charles and his uncle Adam Black of Edinburgh, Scotland, founded their publishing firm in 1807. They published a series of maps and atlases throughout the 19th century. In addition to an array of atlases, the Black firm is known for their editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica (1817 - 1826) and the first publishing of Sir Walter Scott's novels in 1854. In 1889 the A. & C. Black publishing house moved to London where it remains in operation to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps by Charles & Adam Black.
Size: Printed area measures 16 in height x 11.5 inches in width (40.64 x 29.21 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso. Original platemark visible. Erased pencil mark in left center border.
Code: Africa-black-1840 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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