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18th century French chart of the Red Sea.

Place/Date: Paris / 1765
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Title: Golfe Arabique ou Mer Rouge…
Dimensions
48.3 x 67 cm (19 x 26.4 in)
Identifier
NL-00285
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

Very uncommon chart of the Red Sea with detail of the coastal settlements, islands, shoals and caravan routes.

Four insets show Jeddah near Mecca (Port de Giddah), Suakin in Sudan (Suakem), Massawa and Arkiko in Eritrea (Matzua et Arkiko), and the Mandeb Strait (Al Babo).

Cartographer(s)

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (born in Paris July 11, 1697 – January 28, 1782) was a geographer and cartographer who greatly improved the standards of map-making. His maps of ancient geography, characterized by careful, accurate work and based largely on original research, are especially valuable. He left unknown areas of continents blank and noted doubtful information as such; compared to the lavish maps of his predecessors, his maps looked empty.

Condition Description

Sturdy, watermarked paper with light offsetting and minor toning along the centerfolds.

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