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1828 Arrowsmith Map of Southern Syria, Israel, Jordan and Palestine


1828 Arrowsmith Map of Southern Syria, Israel, Jordan and Palestine




Southern Syria, or the countries watered by the Jordan.
  1828 (dated)     13 x 10.5 in (33.02 x 26.67 cm)


This is a rare example of Aaron Arrowsmith's 1828 map of Southern Syria and the countries watered by the River Jordan. Centered on the River Jordan, the map covers the course of the river from Lake Hula to the Dead Sea and shows the Ottoman provinces of the Pachalic of Gaza, parts of the Pachalic of Acre and the Pachalic of Damascus. These include modern day Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, and parts of Lebanon. The regional boundaries are colored and relief shown by hachures. During this time in history, Syria was part of the Ottoman Empire and was largely ignored by world affairs. This map was published by A. Arrowsmith, hydrographer to His Majesty, in 1828.


Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823), John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), and Samuel Arrowsmith. The Arrowsmith family were noted map engravers, publishers, geographers, and cartographers active in the late 18th and early 19th century. The Arrowsmith firm was founded by Aaron Arrowsmith, who was trained in surveying and engraving under John Cary and William Faden. Arrowsmith founded the Arrowsmith firm as a side business while employed by Cary. The firm specialized in large format individual issue maps containing the most up to date and sophisticated information available. Arrowsmith's work drew the attention of the Prince of Wales who, in 1810, named him Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales, and subsequently, in 1820, Hydrographer to the King. Aaron Arrowsmith was succeeded by two sons, Aaron and Samuel, who followed him in the map publication business. The Arrowsmith firm eventually fell to John Arrowsmith (1790-1873), nephew of the elder Aaron. John was a founding member of the Royal Geographical Society. The firm is best known for their phenomenal large format mappings of North America. Mount Arrowsmith, situated east of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is named for Aaron Arrowsmith and his nephew John Arrowsmith.


Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso. Minor verso repair on bottom, right and left margins.