This is a rare example of Aaron Arrowsmith's 1828 map of Arabia. Centered on the Arabian Desert, the map covers from Caspian Sea and Syria to the Indian Ocean and Somalia. It shows Arabia and Parts of Persia, Syria and Kurdistan. The regional boundaries are colored and relief shown by hachures. Around this time in history, most of southeastern Europe, southwestern Asia, and North Africa was under the control of the Ottoman Empire. However, it is an interesting fact that the Ottomans did not ever control Oman and the central region of the Arabian Peninsula, known as Nejd. 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. More by this mapmaker...
Very good. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.