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John Cary. "A New Map of Egypt, from the latest authorities." London: J. Cary, 1805. 19 x 21. Engraving. Full original hand color. Some light staining in margins. Otherwise, very good condition.

A detailed map of Egypt by London map-maker John Cary, issued the year Mohammed Ali became governor of the country. This was a period of intense British interest in Egypt, mostly as the result of their conflict with France. In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in order to threaten the British supply lines to India. Napoleon was able to retain control of Egypt despite his fleet's defeat by Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile. His troops, however, were cut off and finally in 1802, they withdrew, returning Egypt to the control of the Ottoman sultan. Mohammed Ali, by intriguing with Turkish officials and the Mamluks, was able to assert control of Egypt, of which he was reluctantly appointed governor by the sultan in 1805. The British continued to be very interested in this strategically situated country, which they unsuccessfully invading just two years after this map was issued. It is thus not surprising that Cary's map is very detailed, showing settlements, topography, ancient sites, roads, and including an inset of the Nile delta. An excellent map of Egypt at a turbulent time in its history. $ 375 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. “Ægyptus 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

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.

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.

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. Insets showing "The Isthmus of Tehuantepec", "The Isthmus of Nicaragua", Central America, and the "Valley of Mexico". An attractive and fascinating document of these countries. $60


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