Africa remarkable mythical lake & Mts. of Moon 1855 Dufour old mapAntiqueMapsPrints.com
Issued Paris, 1855 by Dufour. Engraved by Erhard. Lithographed by Tanneur et Co.
Excellent little mid-19th century antique map. Original hand color.
A remarkable map depicting an enormous and wildly exaggerated lake in the center (perhaps modern day Lake Victoria joined to Lake Tanganyika then expanded) which is surrounded by a meandering mythical mountain range noted as being the source of the White Nile (Mts. of the Moon). This range prominently divides the continent into north and south. It then drops down to surround the erroneous huge lake Unimasi in a remarkably fictitious manner not often seen elsewhere.
Clean, well preserved antique map with fine patina and visual appeal.
Original fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 15 1/2" x 11 1/2".
Printed area measures c. 12 3/8" x 9 1/2".
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 1, p. 396.