By: Thomson (Engraved by J. and G. Menzies, Edinburgh No. 46)
Date: 1814 (Published) London
Dimensions: 17.72 x 19.88 inches (45 cm x 50.5 cm)
This is a striking map of Arabia, Abyssinia, the Red Sea and surrounding regions with original color including shaded borders of regions, and mountain ranges marked with hachures. The sandy deserts of Arabia are dramatically indicated with large areas of dark stippling. Seacoasts are shaded with wide areas of fine horizontal parallel lines. Some roads and pilgrim routes are indicated. There are numerous comments: “Route of the Persian Caravan 36 Days from Basra to Mecca”; “Route of the Caravan from Bassora to Aleppo 718 Miles in 287 Hours 2½ English Miles to the Hour for the Heavy Caravan in direct distance”; “Mahrah A barren country. The People use a particular Dialect.”
Condition: Damp staining in upper right and upper left corners of the margins that extends into the map. Nice dark impression that has created some offsetting over time.
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