1712 Moll - Arabia, According to the Newest and most Exact Observations [Hajj route from Basra]
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Arabia, According to the Newest and most Exact Observations
London, c. 1712
17.5 x 25.5 cm (7 x 10 in)
The Arabian peninsula north to Baghdad and beyond.
Tibbetts notes that the foundation in the second half of the 17th century of the French Academie Royale des Sciences and the British Royal Society, as well as similar institutions in other capitals of Europe, led to the encouragement of travel and astronomical sciences and an increase in the accuracy of maps. The first cartographer of this new age was Guillaume De l’Isle, and with his maps there comes a new step in the cartographic representation of Arabia.
De l’Isle was the model for succeeding cartographers, including Herman Moll. Although errors persist, we begin to see less fabrication in the interior and new information, most notably the pilgrimage route from Basra to Mecca. This is accompanied by additional data on wells and religious points of interest.
Paper slightly toned; very good.
Tibbetts, G. R. Arabia in Early Maps. New York, NY: Oleander Maps, 1978.
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