Asia Saudi Arabia China 1793 Amos Doolittle scarce American-produced mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Arabia, India, Independent Tartary, China, Mogul's Empire, Persia, Bukaria, Russia).
Issued Boston, 1793, Thomas & Andrews for Jed. Morse. Engraved by Amos Doolittle, New Haven, Conn.
Scarce 18th century engraved map of this region among the earliest produced within the United States.
In fact, one of relatively few maps at all of any portion of Asia created within the country prior to 1800 and among the very first to depict the Arabian peninsula in its entirety. Undoubtedly cartographically significant in this regard to any serious collector of Middle Eastern maps, not to mention several other key cartographic features.
A still so far largely unrecognized and underappreciated early American cartographic rarity relating to Saudi Arabia.
Alaska coastline tip seen top right, undefined coastline of the apocryphal "Company Land" shown above a fascinating Japanese island chain.
Decorative wreath cartouche top left with ribbons and flowers, longitude given from London.
Paper is age-toned with moderate spotting & offsetting, as often seen. But to our eyes and for most people, remains an entirely acceptable and nice looking example of this uncommon antique 18th century American-made map by one of the most significant and prolific early American engravers.Original fold lines as issued.
Sheet measures c. 9 1/2" x 8".
Printed area measures c. 8" x 6 1/2".
Wheat & Brun, Maps Published in America Before 1800 , #873.
Stauffer, American Engravers Upon Copper and Steel , v. 1, p. 66.
O'Brien, Amos Doolittle -- Engraver of the New Republic , pp. 21-29.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers , vol. 3, pg. 284.
Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 154.