Auction 111, Lot 682

"To The King, This Map Containing a Chart of the Arabian Gulf With its Egyptian, Ethiopian and Arabian Coasts, from Suez to Babelmandeb…", Bruce, James

Subject: Egypt and Arabia

Period: 1868 (circa)

Publication: Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile

Color: Black & White

19.5 x 24.5 inches
49.5 x 62.2 cm

Fascinating and intricately detailed map of the Red Sea and Nile valley. James Bruce was a Scottish explorer in Africa in the later part of the 18th century. In 1768 he traveled down the Red Sea as far as the straits of Bab el Mandeb and then struck inland for Gondar, the capital of Ethiopia. He rediscovered the source of the Blue Nile, which he followed to its confluence with the White Nile. Some historical researchers believe that much of the motivation behind Bruce's epic travels in Ethiopia centered around his desire to recover sacred objects connected with Solomon's Temple and in verifying legends associating the medieval Knights Templar with old Christian churches in Ethiopia - Did Harrison Ford star in that movie?


Condition: B

Issued folding. General overall soil with several old paper repairs at fold intersections and a 4" binding tear.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/8/2005