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Arabia, Egypt, Abyssinia, Red Sea etc.
John Thomson, Edinburgh 1817 - Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 18" x 20" Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 18" x 20". This stunning map of Arabia dates to 1817 and was published by John Thomson. The map extends from the Mediterranean Sea eastward to Persia and south to the Horn of Africa and shows extraordinary detail in terms of topography. Additionally it also notes several important caravan routes, tribes, pilgrimage routes to Mecca, important cities, towns, deserts, and some interesting annotations. The map also notes the route followed by the French frigate 'Venus' in the Red Sea. The 'Venus', under the command of Vice Admiral Rosily explored the Red Sea in 1789 and affirmed that the previously reputed dangers in navigating the Red Sea were exaggerated. The map, like many Thomson maps is engraved with a rich dark impression, making this one of the best English maps of the region. In good condition with minor wear along the original centerfold. Minor foxing at places. This map appeared in the 1817 edition of Thomson's "New General Atlas". John Thomson (1777 - 1837) was a Scottish bookseller and publisher active in the early 19th century, who was one of the leaders in Europe who favored detailed and accurate mapping over the decorative and elaborate cartouches that appeared in earlier maps. His most important work was "Thomson's New General Atlas" and his "Atlas of Scotland". Although he went into bankruptcy twice during his career, his maps are today highly desirable for their scale and detail. This is beautiful example of his work.
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