1867 Hughes Map of the Ancient Kingdom of Assyria (Georgia, Iran, Armenia, Turkey)
Description: An uncommon 1867 map of ancient Assyria and its neighboring countries by William Hughes. The map focuses on the lands between the Black Sea and the Caspian, commonly known as the Caucuses. It covers the modern day countries of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, eastern Turkey, Iran and Iraq.
In antiquity, most of this region was part of the Armenian Empire or Greater Armenia, a vast area of land stretching from Cappadocia and the Mediterranean to the Caspian and as far south as Persia. Later the Empire of Armenia was incorporated into the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and Persia. The map notes the important ancient cities of Nineveh (the metropolis of the empire) and Babylon (one of the most important cities in antiquity and later, the site of the death of Alexander the Great).
This map was created by William Hughes, printed by J. Bien and engraved by G.E. Sherman, for issued as plate 22 in Sheldon and Company's An Atlas of Classical Geography.
Date: 1867 (undated)
Source: Sheldon and Company, An Atlas of Classical Geography constructed by William Hughes and edited by George Long, (New York) 1867.
Cartographer: William Hughes (c. 1818 - May 21, 1876) was a cartographer, engraver, lithographer, printer, and publisher active in London during the middle part of the 19th century. Hughes enjoyed and long and varied cartographic career. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1838 and, from about 1840, taught geography and mapmaking at St. Johns College for Civil Engineers. He later taught the same at both Queens College and Kings College, London. For a time he was employed as a map librarian for the British Museum. Hughes began engraving maps around 1839 and worked with most of the prominent British map and atlas publishers of his era, including but not limited to Charles Knight, A. and C. Black, George Philip, William Cassell, and others. Click here for a list of rare maps by William Hughes.
Cartographer: Joseph R. Bien was a topographer and an engineer working the later part of the 19th century. His name appears a number of state and regional atlases, including the important 1895 Atlas of New York. Most of Joseph Bien's work was published in conjunction with the New York Lithographing, Engraving & Printing Company, which was founded by Julius Bien. Joseph was almost certainly related to Julien, though whether he was a son, cousin, or brother, remains unknown. Click here for a list of rare maps from Joseph R. Bien.
Cartographer: Sherman and Smith (fl. c. 1829 - 1855), sometimes working as Stiles, Sherman & Smith, were American engravers active in New York City during the middle part of the 19th century. The firm including John Calvin Smith (surveyor and engraver), George Sherman, and sometimes, Samuel Stiles. Their work primarily focused on government publications, including the maps and engravings prepared to illustrate the official records of the 1838-42 United States Exploring Expedition (U.S. Ex. Ex.), maps issued for the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, and various U.S. Coast Survey Charts. They also engraved privately for Thomas Bradford and John Disturnell, among others. Sherman and Smith maintained offices at the corner of Broadway and Liberty Street in New York City and were highly regarded as the finest cartographic engravers in the city. Their non-cartographic legacies include George Inness, who apprenticed with them for two years before going on to become a well regarding American landscape painter of the Hudson River School. Click here for a list of rare maps by Sherman and Smith.
Size: Printed area measures 10 x 13 inches (25.4 x 33.02 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 5630000
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and toning along original centerfold.
Code: Assyria-hughes-1867 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Assyria , Caucuses , Armenian Empire , Hughes , Bien