This is a rare example of Aaron Arrowsmith's 1828 map of Southern Greece and adjacent Islands. The map covers the entire Peloponnese peninsula (known as 'Morea' in the Ottoman era) including the Islands of Cerigo, Zante, Ceppalonia and Ithica. It also shows the southern parts of Livadia and Negropont. The regional political boundaries are colored and relief shown by hachures. As this map was being drawn, the Greek people were in the midst of a bloody war for independence against their Ottoman Turkish overlords. With the help their European allies in Russia, United Kingdom, and France, the Greek revolutionaries finally threw off the Ottoman yolk in 1832. 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. Small stain over Zante. Minor verso repair on bottom right corner.