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1851 Levasseur Africa A

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Published by Victor Levasseur, 1851

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

This superior reproduction of "Afrique" was originally published by the noted Parisian cartographer, Victor Levasseur, in his 1851 Atlas Universel Illustre.

Although coastal charting and near-shore inland surveys of Africa were extensive and accurate by the mid-eighteenth century, the interior was still largely unexplored. One of the most significant questions still troubling European academia at the time was the exact source of the Nile River.

While the meandering path of both the White Nile and the Blue Nile are accurately rendered here, Levasseur's portrayal of the source is purely speculation. "Monts de la Lune", or "Mountains of the Moon", remained the accepted source for mapmakers until J.H. Speke and J.A. Grant finally penetrated the hostile African climate and discovered Lake Victoria in 1858, just seven years after the printing of this map.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.