"[Lot of 2] A Map of Ancient Aegypt from Celarius [and] A Map of Abyssinia and Nubia",
Subject: Egypt, Eastern Africa
Period: 1785-86 (circa)
A. A Map of Ancient Egypt from Celarius, by Thomas Stackhouse, circa 1785, black & white (8.1 x 11.6"). This uncommon map of Ancient Egypt is based on the work of 17th century cartographer Christoph Cellarius, a German classics scholar noted for popularizing the Ancient-Medieval-Modern division of history. It names many notable locations including Memphis, the Pyramids, Babylon, Alexandria, Thebes, and Ptolemais Hermiou. A decorative cartouche at left contains a dedication to "John Lord Bishop of Bath & Wells." Condition: A nice impression on watermarked paper with light scattered foxing.
B. A Map of Abyssinia and Nubia, by Samuel Dunn, dated 1786, hand color (15.8 x 11.4"). This map gives extensive detail of the region along the Red Sea, including present-day Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, and a small portion of Saudi Arabia. Political divisions, towns, roads, and topography are depicted along with several short notations. Three sources of the Nile River are identified well north of the equator, including Lake Dambea, Lake Kaouir, and The Fresh Water Sea or Nubian Marsh of Ptolemy. Condition: Original outline color on a watermarked sheet with wide margins. There is light offsetting, marginal soiling, and centerfold separations in top and bottom blank margins, the lower one of which has been repaired with archival materials.
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