"Sketch Map of the Seat of War in Afghanistan",
Subject: Southern Asia
Period: 1885 (dated)
Publication: Mercury Supplement
Color: Black & White
15.9 x 11.9 inches
40.4 x 30.2 cm
This fascinating map was published around the time of the Panjdeh incident in Afghanistan. A seizure of Afghan territory by Russian troops, the incident nearly precipitated a violent clash between Russia and Britain, who were vying for supremacy in the region. The map spans from present-day Iran to British India, with most of the detail concentrated in between Herat and Kabul. Lithographed at the offices of the Mercury, a newspaper based in Hobart, Tasmania.
A dark impression backed with tissue to repair and reinforce a short centerfold separation at bottom and two edge tears at left that just pass the neatline. There are several other short edge tears confined to the bottom blank margin.