London: Caldell & Davies, 1811. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 18 1/8 x 39 1/4"
This lovely map reflects early 19th-century European knowledge of the continent of Africa. Towns and ports are labeled, and the map is annotated throughout with references to local tribes. Relief is shown by hachures, particularly at the Kong Mountains, which, according to the map, are "supposed to extend across the continent." Below are areas labeled "Unknown Parts." The island of Madagascar appears in sharp relief at the lower left of the map, right above the title and scale. The map is in good condition with some wear to the center fold. Slight tears and chips in the margin not affecting the image. John Pinkerton (1758-1826) was a prominent English mapmaker known for his large and impeccably detailed maps. In this manner, his work marks a turning point from the earlier emphasis on decoration toward a greater emphasis on information. This map is a fine example of his work.