Central Asia; comprising Bokhara, Cabool, Persia, The River Indus, & Countries Eastward Of It
Place Published: London
Publisher: J. Arrowsmith
Date Published: 1844
Description: Map. Engraving with original hand-coloring. Image measures 20.5 x 29".
Comments: This elegant map of Central Asia centers on modern-day Iran and includes portions of Iraq, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. As an annotation below the title states, the map was based on surveys by Alexander Burnes, a Scottish explorer, whose 1834 narrative of his travels through the region was one of the most popular books in Britain in the period. Arrowsmith's map reflects the great increase of knowledge Burnes's travels produced. It is extremely detailed and labeled with cities, political boundaries, rivers, and roads. Annotations about land and native people are scattered throughout, and Arrowsmith's journey is marked in red. Some regions extend beyond the borders of the map, which extends onto an additional third fold-out section affixed to the right side. The map is from Arrowsmith's "London Atlas of Universal Geography." It is in very good condition with few chips and tears and minor soiling. John Arrowsmith (1790-1873) was from a family of London based cartographers and publishers, and was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society. His "London Atlas," known for its understated elegance, is considered one of the first truly "modern" atlases of the nineteenth century. This map is a fine example of Arrowsmith's work.Language: English
Book ID: 236165