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Map (Africa magna)

Early 18th century

General Library and Archives

Tetouan, Morocco

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The place names on this 18th-century map of North Africa are given in Latin. Originally in monochrome, the owner added colour to emphasise boundaries.

Map (Africa magna)

Early 18th century

General Library and Archives

Tetouan, Morocco

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Map of the Kingdoms of Fez and Morocco

Early 18th century

General Library and Archives

Tetouan, Morocco

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Map of the Kingdoms of Fez and Morocco

Early 18th century

General Library and Archives

Tetouan, Morocco

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Carte du royaume de Tunis

1727

Musée de la Monnaie : Banque centrale de Tunisie

Tunis, Tunisia

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Sir Thomas Shaw travelled extensively in North Africa and the Middle East. He wrote accounts of his travels, particularly to Tunis. His illustrative maps are among the earliest produced. They mark the names of ancient sites in the region.

Carte du royaume de Tunis

1727

Musée de la Monnaie : Banque centrale de Tunisie

Tunis, Tunisia

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Ottoman map of the period of Sultan Abdülhamid II

19th century

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

Istanbul, Turkey

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This map shows the Ottoman Empire under ‘Abd al-Hamid II. The names of places are written in French.

Ottoman map of the period of Sultan Abdülhamid II

19th century

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

Istanbul, Turkey

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Near Eastern and Balkan map

19th century

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

Istanbul, Turkey

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An Ottoman map of the Eastern Mediterranean, labelled in Turkish.

Near Eastern and Balkan map

19th century

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul water pipeline map

19th century

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

Istanbul, Turkey

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A detailed map showing the water-pipeline network of Istanbul.

Istanbul water pipeline map

19th century

Istanbul University, Nadir Eserler Kütüphanesi (Rare Books Library)

Istanbul, Turkey

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Ottoman map of the Romanian countries

Beginning of the 19th century

National Museum of Romanian History

Bucharest, Romania

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An early 19th-century Ottoman map of Romania and surrounding areas, with borders between territories marked in different colours.

Ottoman map of the Romanian countries

Beginning of the 19th century

National Museum of Romanian History

Bucharest, Romania

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Map of Oran

1840–1846

Musée Public National des Antiquités

Algiers, Algeria

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The architect Amable Ravoisie was part of a large team of specialists who set out to document the new French colony of Algeria. His drawings lavishly illustrate hundreds of monuments.

Map of Oran

1840–1846

Musée Public National des Antiquités

Algiers, Algeria

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The port of Cherchell

1840–1847

Musée Public National des Antiquités

Algiers, Algeria

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The architect Amable Ravoisie was part of a large team of specialists who set out to document the new French colony of Algeria. His drawings lavishly illustrate hundreds of monuments.

The port of Cherchell

1840–1847

Musée Public National des Antiquités

Algiers, Algeria

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Mostaganem

1840–1848

Musée Public National des Antiquités

Algiers, Algeria

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The architect Amable Ravoisie was part of a large team of specialists who set out to document the new French colony of Algeria. His drawings lavishly illustrate hundreds of monuments.

Mostaganem

1840–1848

Musée Public National des Antiquités

Algiers, Algeria

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Map of Beirut as it appeared in 1841

1841

American University of Beirut

Beirut , Lebanon

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A map of Beirut in 1841 before the extensive rebuilding works.

Map of Beirut as it appeared in 1841

1841

American University of Beirut

Beirut , Lebanon

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Map (la Barbarie)

1843

National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

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This mid-19th-century map shows Morocco and the states of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. The place names are given in French. Originally in monochrome, the owner added colour to emphasise boundaries.

Map (la Barbarie)

1843

National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

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Map to illustrate the Route of David Roberts Esq. R. A. in the Holy Land, Petrea and Syria

Published 1849

Sharjah Art Museum / Sharjah Museums Authority

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

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This finely engraved and detailed map shows the areas visited by the Scottish artist David Roberts (1796–1864) during the 11 months he spent travelling between Egypt, the Sinai, Jordan and Palestine in 1838/39. Maps like this one were provided with each complete set of the lithographs of his works, to help trace the locations Roberts visited and sketched. The map is very helpful in locating those sites, especially as the names used by Roberts were sometimes inaccurate or have since changed.

Map to illustrate the Route of David Roberts Esq. R. A. in the Holy Land, Petrea and Syria

Published 1849

Sharjah Art Museum / Sharjah Museums Authority

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Sharjah)

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Comic Map of Seat of War with Entirely New Features (London: Rock Brothers and Payne, 1854)

1854

State Archives of Palermo

Palermo, Italy

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Made during the Crimean War in 1854, this satirical map portrays countries and animals. The tyrannical Russian bear is faced off by the turkey (Turkey) and its allies the lion (England) and eagle (France).

Map of the Network of Caravans

1856

Austrian State Archives

Vienna, Austria

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The caravan routes of Egypt and Western Arabia are marked on this map.

Map of the Network of Caravans

1856

Austrian State Archives

Vienna, Austria

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Plan of Jerusalem

1867

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

London, United Kingdom

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Plan of the area to the south of the Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem, showing the location of the shafts dug by Lieut. Charles Warren, R.E. and his team, to explore the topography of ancient Jerusalem. This work established the history of the development of the Old City of Jerusalem. While engaged in this work, Warren also carried out a major study of the economy of Jerusalem in the period 1867–70, which was published in the SWP in 1884.

Plan of Jerusalem

1867

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

London, United Kingdom

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Sketch of Algeria, featuring the Roman occupation, the railway lines, roads suitable for mule and horse drawn vehicles, ports […] drawn from an archaeological point of view and dedicated to ...

1869

National Library of France

Paris, France

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The Algerian Historical Society made this map to facilitate research on the Roman occupation there. It records the major sites, shows how to get there, and includes elements to increase understanding of the Roman presence (marble quarries, the sites of baths, etc.).

Watercolour by Claude R. Conder

1870’s

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

London, United Kingdom

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Watercolour by Claude R. Conder of the British Corps of Royal Engineers, made during the Survey of Western Palestine, showing one of the members of the SWP at work with one of the expedition’s theodolites. The technology used was the latest cutting-edge equipment and techniques available to the British army, which was far in advance of what was being used, for example, by the American army of the day, as was demonstrated when Lieut. Steever of the US Engineers carried out a similar survey in Transjordan.

Watercolour by Claude R. Conder

1870’s

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

London, United Kingdom

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Survey of Western Palestine

1875

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

London, United Kingdom

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Field sheet showing a week’s work mapping the environs of Gaza for the SWP dated 29 April 1875. The SWP was the first detailed and fully accurate map ever made of Palestine, at 1 inch to the mile, for the Palestine Exploration Fund. The Survey Party was commanded by Lieut. Claude R. Conder, R.E., and his assistant, Lieut. H.H. Kitchener.

Survey of Western Palestine

1875

The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)

London, United Kingdom

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