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Aaron Arrowsmith. "Egypt." From Aaron Arrowsmith and Samuel Lewis's A New and Elegant General Atlas. Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1812. 9 7/8 x 8. Engraving. Small hole in top margin. Very good condition.

An uncolored map of Egypt from an early American atlas. The non-American maps from this atlas are the work of Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1833), an Englishman who was the foremost cartographer of his period. $40

Fielding Lucas Jr. "Aegyptus Antiqua." Baltimore: F. Lucas Jr., 1823. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving. Original hand color. Very good condition.

An attractive map of ancient Egypt drawn by Baltimore cartographer, Fielding Lucas, Jr. (1781- 1854). His maps are noted for their carefully compiled information and neat presentation. This map is a good example of Lucas' work. Detail is copious and neatly presented. It is also a lovely decorative map, with soft pastel a shades applied by hand. The maps from the General Atlas are amongst Lucas' finest works, and they well demonstrate the quality that he brought to the nascent map making industry. $40

Anthony Finley. "Egypt." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1825. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Full original hand-color. A few spots, else very good condition.

Early in the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley was a great popularizer of maps out of Philadelphia and one of the leading cartographic publishers in America. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. This map of Egypt, at an interesting period of her history, is typical of his work. The bright hand color makes this map as attractive as it is informative. $60

G. Long. "Ancient Egypt." London: SDUK, 1831. 14 1/2 x 11 1/2. Engraving by J. & C. Walker. Original outline hand-coloring. Very good condition.

A detailed and precisely drawn map of Ancient Egypt issued by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. The Society's maps are known for their accuracy and copious detail. This map, drawn by G. Long, Professor of Greek at London University, is typical of their output. $40

Burr Egypt
David H. Burr. "Eygpt." From A New Universal Atlas (1835). New York: Thomas Illman, 1834. 12 1/2 x 10 1/2. Engraving by Illman & Pilbrow. Full original color. Light smudges upper right corner. Else, very good condition. Denver.

An excellent map of Egypt by David H. Burr, one of the most important American cartographers of the first part of the nineteenth century. Having studied under Simeon DeWitt, Burr produced the second state atlas issued in the United States, of New York in 1829. He was then appointed to be geographer for the U.S. Post Office and later geographer to the House of Representatives. As a careful geographer, Burr is painstaking in this map to put in only information for which he felt there was a scientific basis. Burr's maps are scarce and quite desirable. $125

Lothian Egypt
John Lothian. "Egypt." From New Edinburgh General Atlas. Edinburgh: J. Gellatly & London: Henry Washbourne, ca. 1840. 13 x 10 3/4. Engraving. Original hand color. Small chip in bottom right corner. Very good condition. Denver.

A lovely and well produced map from John Lothian's New Edinburgh General Atlas. Published jointly in London and Edinburgh, this atlas contained maps with very good detail of towns and cities, river and lakes, orography, and political divisions. In this period, the United Kingdom had established itself as the dominant economic and cartographic nation and the maps from this atlas bespeak the quality of British mapmakers. Each map is finely hand colored, making them as attractive as they are historically interesting. This is a nice map of Egypt and Sudan, showing most information along the Nile from the delta to south of El Kalabsheh. Some information of various wadies in the desert to the wwest and of the Red Sea shoreline. A nice map. $125

Thomas G. Bradford. "Egypt." From A Comprehensive Atlas. Geographical, Historical & Commercial. Boston: J.H. Wilkins & R.B. Carter, 1842. Ca. 9 7/8 x 7 5/8. Engraving. Original outline color. Light time toning. Very good condition.

A nice map from Boston publisher and cartographer, Thomas G. Bradford. This edition of Bradford's Atlas was issued in 1842 and it contained maps of the United States and other parts of the world, based on the most up-to-date information available at the time. This image of Egypt is typical of the output of the firm. This is a very nice example of early American cartography, showing the country at mid-century. $45

S. Augustus Mitchell. "Egypt &c." From A New Universal Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1847. 15 x 12 1/2. Lithograph transfer from engraved plate. Original hand-coloring. Full margins. Some slight discoloration from old color. Overall, very good condition.

A handsome map of Egypt by S. Augustus Mitchell. For much of the middle part of the nineteenth century, the Mitchell firm dominated American cartography in output and influence. S. Augustus Mitchell Jr.'s maps of the 1860s are probably the best known issues of this firm, but his father's earlier efforts are fine maps derived from H.S. Tanner's atlas of the 1830s. This map of Egypt is taken closely from the SDUK map of 1831 (cf. above). Political divisions are indicated with contrasting pastel shades. $75

Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. "Egypt &c." Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1850. 15 x 12 1/4. Lithographic transfer from engraved plate. Full original color. Water stain in upper right corner. Otherwise, very good condition. Denver.

A strong crafted map of Egypt which is another one derived from the SDUK prototype (cf. above). This was issued by another leading U.S. cartographic firms of the period, Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Co., who took over Mitchell's atlas in 1850, reissuing the maps with similar coloring. $65

"Egypt &c." Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1856. 15 1/4 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition. With decorative border.

Charles Desilver, one of the many publishers working in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century, issued an atlas of maps based on the famous Tanner-Mitchell-Cowperthwait series. Desilver used much the same information as originally drawn in the 1840s, but updated the maps with new roads, towns, and other information. This map is typical of the rather unusual and scarce Desilver atlas. $60


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