“Africa.” Hartford: D.F. Robinson, 1830. Copyright date Nov. 20, 1829. 7 1/2 x 9 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.
An original antique map of Africa issued in Hartford in an atlas in 1830. Details focus on information, particularly political, that was known in 1830. This mostly applied to the coasts, with the central part noted as “Unexplored Regions.” Of interest is the depiction of the non-existent “Mountains of the Moon,” a cartographic myth with its origins in the ancient world.