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GRAVES, Thomas & SPRATT, T.A.B. [Old sea chart of the Dardanelles with the search for Troy]
Entrance to the Dardanelles with the Plain of Troy and Tenedos... 1840. London: Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, 1844. 660 x 490mm.
An antique admiralty chart of the entrance to the Dardenelles (Hellespont), the route from the Aegean towards Istanbul and the Black Sea, with the island of Tenedos (Bozcaada), with two inset details of Tenedos and four coastal profiles. Compiled by Commander Graves and Lieutenant Spratt of H.M.S. Beacon, this nautical chart has more inland detail than most charts. They seem to have spent some time exploring the interior, with specific interest in Troy: they mark a 'Supposed Site of Troy' on the south side of the Plain of Troy, and 'Ilium Novum' near Hisarlik, the site that Heinrich Schliemann excavated thirty years later and proclaimed the true site of Troy.
[Ref: 12428]    £390.00 ($506 • €450 rates)


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