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RAIF EFENDI - Guyana, Surinam, Amapa.


RAIF EFENDI -  Guyana, Surinam, Amapa.
Guyana, Surinam, Amapa. - RAIF EFENDI
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Title : Guyana, Surinam, Amapa..
Map maker : RAIF EFENDI.
Date : Üsküdar (Istanbul), 1803.
Size : 20.5 x 23.9 inches. / 52.0 x 60.8 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Very rare Ottoman printed map of Guyana, Suriname and Amapa. With Trinidad, inset map of the mouth of the Rivers Essequibo, Courantyne, Suriname with Paramaribo, etc.
From Cedid Atlas Tercümesi or New Translation of the Atlas , printed 1218 H. or 1803 in Üsküdar, a part of Istanbul. Title, scale and place names in Ottoman Turkish.
The atlas was an annex to a geographical book called Icaletü-Cografya. The author was attached to the Ottoman Embassy in London. The book was written in French by Mahmut Raif Efendi and translated into Ottoman Turkish by Yakovaki Efendi.
The atlas is an Ottoman translation of William Faden's atlas. The project was meant to be a prestige project for the Ottoman Palace and it had the seal of approval of the then Sultan-Sultan Selim III. The Plates were made in Vienna, The maps were printed at the Engineer's School Printing Press, which was operating between 1776-1826.
The atlas is dated 1803 and only 50 copies were printed. It is estimate that no more than 20 complete atlases and about 5 incomplete or loose sheets are in existence.
A must for the serious collector.

More about "Islamic cartography." [+]
Yazmadan Basmaya: Müteferraki, p.112-118.
Condition : Paper slightly browned as usual. Some marginal water staining. A dark impression, generally good.

ID: 07223

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