A New Map of the Empire of Persia from Monsr. d'Anville ...
LAURIE Robert.; WHITTLE James (.)
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Double-page engraved map, 505 x 570 mm, in fine original wash colour. This later printing has had the imprint (with date) scratched from the paper by the publisher. [London: Laurie & Whittle, 1794, but Richard Holmes Laurie],
Very attractive English map of Persia, drawn from the geographical researches of the Frenchman, Jean Baptiste d'Anville, Geographer to the French King. The map was first published in 1794, but this example is printed on paper watermarked 'W Thomas 1818'. It was therefore issued by Laurie and Whittle, but printed by their successor Richard Holmes Laurie.
The map marks a number of explorers' tracks, notably 'Mr. Forster's Route in 1783 and 1782 From the Indus to the Caspian Sea'. George Forster was a civil servant attached to the Madras establishment of the East India Company. In 1782, he travelled overland from Calcutta to Kabul, then through northern Persia to the Caspian Sean and thence across the sea into Russia. The account of his journey was published in Calcutta in 1790, although only the first volume appeared before his death in 1792, which is only comparatively shortly before this map appeared.
Despite being a late printing, this is a very good example in, unusual, fine original wash colour, with wide margins.
Stock Code: 223409