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Auction 173, Lot 427


"Lower Egypt and the Adjacent Deserts, with a Part of Palestine; to Which Has Been Added the Nomenclature of the Roman Age", Wyld, James

Subject: Egypt

Period: 1851 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

29.7 x 21.1 inches
75.4 x 53.6 cm
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This beautifully engraved map covers the region from Arab's Gulf to the delta of the Nile and into the Holy Land. It extends to north of Mt. Carmel and south to well below Memphis to Atsieh, Adhroditopolis, and Ellahoun. Scores of villages are located, and numerous roads, trails, and camel routes are detailed and often named: for example, "Derb el Fern - Upper Road belonging to the Haouatat Bedwins." The map is fully and very finely engraved in the deserts to simulate sand. It delineates the Lake of Menzaleh near the mouth of the Nile. In the bottom left corner there are seven distance scales and a table that gives the translation for some common Arabic names. This map is Wyld's reissue of Faden's map of 1802, updated with proposed railways. Delarochette, who also worked with Faden, is responsible for the remarkable engraving. The mention of the "Model of the Earth" in Wyld's imprint dates the map as circa 1851, since that is the year he exhibited the Monster Globe in Leicester Square as part of the Great Exhibition of London.


Condition: B+

There is light scattered foxing, minor offsetting, and centerfold separations at top and bottom that have been closed on verso with archival materials.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/5/2019