Lovely 18th century map of Arabia with large inset of the Great Mosque of Mecca [المسجد الحرام]

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Decorative and detailed map centered on the Arabian peninsula, extending east-west from the Persian Gulf to Egypt and north-south from Syria-Palestine to Ethiopia. The geography is pre-Neibuhr, but quite extensive in its detail, especially in its depiction of early 18th century political divisions.

The distinctive feature that separates this map from other maps of Arabia is a large inset illustration of the Great Mosque of Mecca holy complex, executed from a drawing in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and including a numbered key of important features.