Catalog Archive
Auction 161, Lot 643

"A Correct Map of the Ottoman Empire, Including All the Countries, Possess'd by, or Tributary to the Turks, in Europe, Asia & Africa, with Part of the Adjacent Territories, According to the Latest Observations", Bowen, Thomas

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Northern Africa

Period: 1791 (circa)

Publication: Bankes' New Royal and Authentic System of Universal Geography

Color: Hand Color

16.3 x 12.4 inches
41.4 x 31.5 cm

This map illustrates the expansive Ottoman Empire at the end of the eighteenth century, extending from Spain to Abissinia (Ethiopia) to Western India. Dozens of countries are outlined and named and mountains are shown in profile and shading. Both the Black and Caspian Seas are included, with a road network shown east of the Caspian Sea. This is the third state, with "Engraved for Bankes's New System of Universal Geography Published by Royal Authority" removed from the top margin and 12 G added at bottom right.

References: McCorkle (18th C. Geography Books) #11 [5]; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BANK-1b.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on paper with a fleur-de-lis and "1794" watermarks. There is some extraneous creasing that has been pressed flat, light soiling, and several tiny tears and one small hole along the centerfold that have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $190 - $220


Closed on 2/8/2017