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Publisher: EŞREF, Mehmet
Title: [Africa - General continental map with Ottoman script]
Published in: Istanbul, Şirket-i Mürettibiye ve Karacoğlu Matbaas&#
   
Size: 3.5 x 5.1 inches.
8.9 x 13.0 cm.
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In printed colours.
Condition: Light foxing, otherwise in a good condition. Chromolithography on thick paper. Sheet size : 11 x 15 cm (4.3 x 5.9 inches).
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Post card size map in Ottoman script showing Southern Africa from Mehmet Eşref’s ‘Küçük Atlas’, a rare portfolio of loose-leaf maps with text in Ottoman Turkish, published in Istanbul in 1909.

The present map depicts Africa from Lake Tanganyika southwards, including the British colonial zone of the Cape Colony, Transvaal, Orange Free State, Bechuanaland (Botswana), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe and Zambia); as well as German West Africa (Namibia); Portuguese East Africa Mozambique), Portuguese Angola; as well as French Madagascar. The map was made in 1909 during a time of fierce rivalry between Germany and Britain in the period leading up to World War I.

Britain is shown to be consolidating its hold upon its domains, as the red lines delineate the routes of the railway system which is shown to have reached from Cape Town all the way north to Salisbury (Harare). The map would have been of considerable interest to readers in the Ottoman Empire, as events in the region had been heavily covered by Istanbul newspapers and magazines.

The present map comes from Mehmet Eşref’s Küçük Atlas (Small Atlas), an unusual work of 128 loose-leaf postcard sized maps, housed within a portfolio cover and accompanied by a 32-page brochure. Even though the period before World War I saw a great flourishing of Ottoman cartography, the Küçük Atlas was extraordinary in that it included a wide range of regional maps of Asia and Africa, as well as thematic maps, that in some cases are probably the only Ottoman maps of those subjects.

The Küçük Atlas is very rare, Worldcat lists only a single example, at the Boğaziçi University Library, Istanbul. All individual maps from the atlas are likewise rare.
The present map comes from an incomplete example of the atlas, so is offered separately.




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