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1893 Ali Map of Florida and the West Indies in Ottoman Script

[Central America. Antilles Islands]. / اطلرى انتيل .وسطى ىمريقاى - Main View

1893 Ali Map of Florida and the West Indies in Ottoman Script


An extremely rare 19th century map of Florida and the West Indies in Ottoman-Turkish script.


[Central America. Antilles Islands]. / اطلرى انتيل .وسطى ىمريقاى
  1893 (undated)     13.5 x 17.25 in (34.29 x 43.815 cm)     1 : 8000000


An incredibly rare and extremely attractive map, this is a c. 1893 Ali Şeref Paşa map of the Caribbean in Ottoman script. From one of the largest 19th century Ottoman atlases, the Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası, the map depicts the region from the Yucatán Peninsula to the Leeward Islands and from Florida to northern South America. Highly detailed, myriad locations on islands in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America are labeled.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Ali Şeref Paşa for publication in his Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası c. 1893 by the Matbaa-i Amire Press. We have been able to trace one institutional example of the atlas in the collection at the University of Chicago Library.


Ali Şeref Paşa (?? - 1907), also known as Hafız Ali Eşref, was a soldier and cartographer. Little is known about Ali's life, but it is known that he was educated as a cartographer in Paris around 1862. While in Paris he published his first atlas, titled Yeni atlas, which included twenty-two maps. Eventually he returned to Istanbul where he became the chief cartographer for the Matbaa-i Amire Printing Press in Beyazit. Among his achievements are an Ottoman Turkish translation of the Kiepert map of Anatolia and an unfinished gigantic 100-sheet map of Anatolia. Oftentimes, Ali's name is misunderstood or identified as two different people. Turks did not have surnames until the surname law was adopted on June 21, 1934. As children they would be given a first name, in this case Ali, and would be known as the son or daughter of their parents. Once they reached adulthood, individuals were given titles if of a higher class, or names that described their work or class. Names were not inherited by children until after 1934. More by this mapmaker...


ىگى جغرافىا آطلسى / Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası    


Very good. Even overall toning. Verso repair to centerfold separation. Closed margin tears professionally repaired on verso. Blank on verso.