Gondar, the Capital of Abyssinia, with part of the Lake Tzana.
1828 (undated) 8 x 9.5 in (20.32 x 24.13 cm)
This is an uncommon example of the 1828 view of Gondor, the ancient capital of Abyssinia (modern day ethiopia), drawn by W. M. Craig. It features a lovely view of the city with part of Lake Tzana (Lake Tana). The Fasilides Palace can be seen in the background. Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile, is the largest lake in ethiopia. This view was engraved by R. Campbell as part of Malte-Brun's System of Geography, Vol. I., published in New York by Samuel Walker.
Conrad Malte-Brun (August 12, 1755-December 14, 1826) was an important late 18th and early 19th century Danish / French cartographer and revolutionary. Conrad was born in Thisted, Denmark. His parents encouraged him to a career in the Church, but he instead enrolled in the University of Copenhagen. In the liberal hall of academia Conrad became an ardent supporter of of the French Revolution and the ideals of a free press. Despite the harsh censorship laws of crown prince Frederick VI, Malte-Brun published numerous pamphlets criticizing the Danish government. He was finally charged with defying censorship laws in 1799 and forced to flee to Sweden and ultimately France. Along with colleague Edme Mentelle, Malte-Brun published his first cartographic work, the Géographie mathématique, physique et politique de toutes les parties du monde (6 vols., published between 1803 and 1807). Conrad went on to found Les Annales des Voyages (in 1807) and Les Annales des Voyages, de la Géographie et de l'Histoire (in 1819). He also founded the Paris Société de Géographie . In time, Conrad Malte-Brun became known as one of the finest French cartographers of his time. His son Victor Adolphe Malte-Brun (1816 - July 13, 1889) followed in his footsteps, republishing many of Conrad's original 18th century maps as well as producing numerous maps of his own. The Malte-Brun firm operated well into the 1880s.
Malte-Brun, M., System of Geography, Vol. I. (Boston; S. Walker), 1828.
Very good. Blank on verso. Minor overall toning.