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Highly detailed map of Africa, showing the extent of European knowledge in the middle of the 19th Century.

According to the subtitle, the map shows: "the Discoveries to May 1858 of Livingstone, Barth, Vogel, & of the Chadda Expedition, from documents in possession of The Royal Geographical Society. By G.H. Swanston Edinr."

Fullarton's Royal Illustrated Atlas, the last highly decorative atlas published in England. Even the maps without views or figures are beautifully engraved and colored with a mixture of printed color and hand color. Swanston, Petermann, Bartholomew, Macnab and Johnson engraved the maps. The maps bear a superficial resemblance to Keith Johnston's Royal Atlas. Fullarton frequently gives the sources for his maps - for the United States maps he gives Calvin Smith and Tanner as sources.