Egypt Nubia Abyssinia Africa 1758 by Bowen charming miniature antique mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Egypt, Nubia, and Abissinia
(North East Africa, Nile Delta, Sinai Peninsula, Red Sea)
Issued London, ca. 1758 by J. Gibson for his delightful pocket sized " Atlas Minimus "
Engraved by Eman. Bowen
Charming and scarce 18th century miniature engraved map with original outline hand color. Title set within an ornate scroll cartouche.
Engraved explanatory historical text adds insight into the area shown. Places names are limited to the most important locations then relevant at this mid-18th century date to an educated individual who read English. Contrast this access to geographical & topographical knowledge to what is possible today with a typical smart phone we all carry around with us.
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[note: we grade conservatively and always seek to disclose any noteworthy flaws.].
Map remains well preserved. Some light age wear or surface spotting/ soiling which is visible within the scan, but about as clean & nice as one could hope to find this elusive little map.
Paper and image remains overall clean & sound. Old maps & prints often display small minor repairs on the back, could have uneven blank margins, might have extraneous fold-lines or other small minor age flaws which do not detract from the visual appeal or value. Condition is carefully considered in arriving at our price.
Great antique map entirely worthy of an album, or hanging for display.
A cartographic depiction in miniature captured in a manner entirely unique to this era.
Sheet measures c. 4 3/8" H x 3 1/8" W.
Printed area measures c. 3 5/8" H x 2 1/2" W
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 1, p.177*
King, Antique Miniature Maps , 147- calling it " one of the most attractive pocket atlases published in the eighteenth century ".