1813 Pinkerton Map of Western Africa (Niger Valley - Mountains of Kong)
Description: This fascinating hand colored 1813 map by Edinburgh cartographer John Pinkerton depicts Western Africa. Depicts Africa roughly from the Salve Coast and Gold coast west through the Ivory Coast, Guinea, the Gambia and north past Cape Verde as far as Senegal. Including numerous fascinating Tribal references such as the Kingdom of Brak, the residence of the King of Geba or Cabo, the Foulahs of Guinea, and the Maniana Cannibals, among others. Offers interesting inland detail along the Niger River as far east as Timbuktu (Tombuctoo). The continent is bisected by the dramatic and mythical Mountains of Kong, which, based upon the explorations of Mungo Parks, were presumed to be the southern barrier to the Niger River valley. Much of the rest of the continent is blank and as such “unknown”. Published in November 1, 1813 by Cadell and Davies for inclusion in Pinkerton’s Modern Atlas.
Date: 1813 (dated)
References: Rumsey 0732.060. Phillips (Atlases) 724. National Maritime Museum, 409.
Cartographer: John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was one of the leading masters of the Edinburgh school of cartography which flourished from roughly 1800 to 1830. Pinkerton & his contemporaries (Thomson & Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastical beasts in favor of detail and accuracy. Pinkerton's principle work is the "Pinkerton's Modern Atlas" published from 1808 through 1815 with a special American reissue by Dobson & Co. in 1818. Today Pinkerton maps are becoming increasingly rare as they are highly admired for their unsurpassed quality, monumental size, vivid hand coloration, and flawless detail. Click here for a list of rare maps from John Pinkerton.
Size: Printed area measures 20.5 in height x 28 inches in width (52.07 x 71.12 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Wide clean margins. Blank on verso. Original centerfold.
Code: WesternAfrica-pinkerton-1813 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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