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  ASIA 
 Arabia 

VANDERMAELEN, Philippe. [Detailed map of Yemen and the entrance to the Red Sea]
Partie de l'Arabie. Brussels, 1827. Original colour. 480 x 570mm.
A map of Yemen and Bab-el-Mandeb, the entrance to the Red Sea, marking Aden. It was published in the 'Atlas Universel de Geographie', the first atlas to have every map on the same scale, 1:1,641,836. Because of this standardisation it was the first time that some areas of the world were shown with any detail. Even before the operning of the Suez Canal in 1869 the region was important to British shipping on route to India, which was falling prey to pirates. In 1839. twelve years after the publication of this map, the East India Company occupied Aden to use as a base to fight piracy. Vandermaelen's atlas contains a landmark map in the cartography of Arabia: one of the other sheets shows Riyadh for the first time on a Western printed map.
[Ref: 13705]    £600.00 ($764 • €669 rates)


VANDERMAELEN, Philippe. [Detailed map of Oman, with Muscat marked]
Partie de L'Arabie. Asie No 92. Brussels, 1827. Original colour. 460 x 530mm.
Showing part of the Arabian peninsula, including Oman, with Muscat and the island of Marirah also marked. Published in the 'Atlas Universel de Geographie', the first atlas to have every map on the same scale, 1:1,641,836. Because of this standardisation it was the first time that some areas of the world were shown with any detail. However the interior of thre peninsula is mostly blank and some of the coastal features are incorrect.
[Ref: 14074]    £750.00 ($956 • €836 rates)


ELWON, T. & MORESBY, Robert. [Rare six-sheet antique sea charts of the Red Sea]
Carta del Mar Rojo en Cuatro Hojas, segun los trabajos de Elwon, Moresby y otros oficiales de la Marina Inglesa de la India. Copia de la edition francesa de 1864. Madrid: Direccion de Hidrografia, 1869. Six lithographic charts, four double-page, with touches of original colour. Four sheets ea. c. 630 x 920mm, two sheets 500 x 660mm, all with blind stamps of the Direccion de Hidrografia. Faint toning at centrefolds of the double page sheets.
A set of six sheets, consisting of four charts of the Red Sea and two sheets of details of harbours, all based on English charts compiled by lieutenants in the Indian Navy, via a French edition of their work. Among the details is the Port of Jeddah, one of the few western maps to show the city in any detail. Lighthouses are marked in colour.
[Ref: 12274]    £5,000.00 ($6,370 • €5,575 rates)


LIBRARY & PRINTING PRESS EL-MASHHAD EL-HUSSEIN. [A view of the Kaaba printed in Cairo]
[A view of the Kaaba titled in Arabic.] Gouria, Cairo: Library and Printing Press el-Mashhad el-Husseini, n.d., c.1920. Colour-printed wood engraving, sheet 450 x 635mm.
A vibrantly-coloured view of the Kaaba, printed in Cairo for the pilgrim market.
[Ref: 17288]    £1,250.00 ($1,593 • €1,394 rates)


CHEESMAN, Robert Ernest. [An ornithologist's map of Arabia, the first to mark Al-Hofuf accurately]
Arabia. Routes between 'Oqair and Jabrin Oasis in Eastern Nejd from surveys by Major R.E. Cheesman O.B.E. 1923-24. London: Royal Geographical Society, 1925. Colour lithographic map, printed area 480 x 510mm. Original folds flattened.
A map of an ornithological expedition in Saudi Arabia, beginning at Uquair (on the coast just south of Bahrain), passing through the Hasa oasis and Al-Hofuf to Yabreen oasis in the Eastern Province, during which Cheesman collected 300 specimens. An inset shows all of Arabia during the campaign for the unification of Saudi Arabia. The map was published to accompany a report in the Geographical Journal, prior to the issue of Cheesman's own book, 'In Unknown Arabia', 1926. Major R.E. Cheesman (1878-1962) was Private Secretary to Sir Percy Cox, the High Commissioner in Iraq who initiated the Uqair Protocol of 1922, which fixed the borders between Nejd (soon to be Saudi Arabia), Kuwait and Iraq. He mapped his route using a 3-inch theodolite and a half chronometer watch, fixing the location of Al-Holuf for the first time, and presented his findings to Ibn Saud at his court in the city.
[Ref: 17675]    £850.00 ($1,083 • €948 rates)


MUSIL, Professor Alois. [An important survey of Arabia by the 'the Czech Lawrence of Arabia']
Northern Arabia according to the original investigations of Alois Musil Professor of Oriental Studies at Charles University, Prague. New York: the American Geographical Society of New York, 1927. Lithographic map on four sheets, folded into grey cloth slipcase. 1060 x 1060mm.
A fine and detailed map of Northern Arabia compiled from the investigations of Alois Musil, 'the Czech Lawrence of Arabia'. Musil (1868-1944), an explorer, orientalist and professor of Oriental Studies at Charles University in Prague, travelled extensively throughout Arabia befriending and living with several Arab tribes. His travels resulted in numerous publications detailing the lives and history of the desert tribes. Much of this work was translated into English by the American Industrialist Charles R. Crane.
[Ref: 12031]    £1,000.00 ($1,274 • €1,115 rates)


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