Map of Abyssinia and the adjacent districts laid down partly from original Observations taken in the Country and partly compiled from information collected there by Henry Salt…


Fine and scarce early 19th century map of Abyssinia.

Cartographer(s): Henry Salt
Date: 1814
Place: London
Dimensions: 77.5 x 60 cm (30.5 x 23.6 in)
Condition Rating: VG

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This is Henry Salt’s important map of Abyssinia, the best map of East Africa of its time.


Henry Salt

Henry Salt (14 June 1780 – 30 October 1827) was an English artist, traveller, collector of antiquities, diplomat, and Egyptologist.

After a time as a portrait painter, Salt traveled with the English nobleman George Annesley as his secretary and draughtsman. They started on an eastern tour in June 1802, traveling on the British East India Company’s extra (chartered) ship Minerva to India via the Cape Colony. Salt explored the Cape of Good Hope, India, and the Red Sea area.

In 1805, Salt journeyed into the Abyssinian area (now Ethiopia) to meet with Wolde Selassie, Ras of Tigray to open up trade relations on behalf of the English. Salt returned to Ethiopia in 1809 on a government mission to develop trade and diplomatic links with the Ethiopian Emperor Egwale Seyon.

Condition Description

Bright, excellent example on thick paper. Minor blemishes and tape on verso along horizontal centerfold.


Source: Salt's 1814 A voyage to Abyssinia, and travels into the interior of that country, executed under the orders of the British government in the years 1809 & 1810.

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