General Maps of Persia 1477 - 1925

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"With over four hundred separate map entries and over two hundred illustrations this work covers all the important printed general maps of Persia from the early editions of Ptolemy at the end of the 15th century until 1925 when the Qajar dynasty was overthrown. Useful historical accounts provide the background to this wealth of cartographic achievement. After a description of the many editions of Ptolemy, later maps are divided into groups according to the country where they were produced: Italy, the Low Countries, France, Germany, Great Britain, ...
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, Leiden and Boston , 2005 , Black paper covered boards First Edition , Book in near fine condition in , Dust wrapper in near fine condition jacket Hardback. Xv, 317 pages, ... colour illustrations and maps throughout, forword at the front by Tony Campbell, bookplate of Malcolm Young one time president of the International Map Collector's Society. 38 x 29 cm. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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"With over four hundred separate map entries and over two hundred illustrations this work covers all the important printed general maps of Persia from the early editions of Ptolemy at the end of the 15th century until 1925 when the Qajar dynasty was overthrown. Useful historical accounts provide the background to this wealth of cartographic achievement. After a description of the many editions of Ptolemy, later maps are divided into groups according to the country where they were produced: Italy, the Low Countries, France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, America, Persia, Turkey, and Spain with Portugal. This permits the work of a single cartographer to be handled in an uninterrupted sequence, thus aiding quick reference to a particular style of map, and its later offshoots." At the end of each major entry, further details concerning different editions and variations, other related maps, historical notes and unique or important features are provided, thus fitting the map into its chronological background. The large number of indexes at the end of the book should enable map collectors, dealers and librarians to identify any map of Persia with ease.
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Cyrus Alai was born in Iran and received his Ph.D. degree (Dr.-Ing.) from ‘Die Technische Universität, Berlin-Charlottenburg’. He founded a group of engineering companies in Iran which he directed for twenty years, and he also lectured at the University of Teheran for eight years. Dr. Alai settled later in England, working as a consulting engineer and at the same time studying the history of cartography and collecting old maps of Persia. He has written numerous articles on ‘the cartography of Persia’ and ‘the traditional cartography of classical Islamic societies’, including the entry ‘Geography: Cartography of Persia’ for the Encyclopaedia Iranica.
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Table of Contents

Contents to General Maps of Persia (second, revised edition)

Key to Special Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Foreword by Tony Campbell
Preface

Introduction

Chapter One: The Ptolemaic Maps of Persia
Historical Background
Ptolemy’s Life and His Mapping of Persia
The Fifth Map of Asia Depicting Persia
Group PTOL-1, Bologna
Group PTOL-2, Rome
Group PTOL-3, Florence
Group PTOL-4, Ulm
Group PTOL-5, Early Venice
Group PTOL-6, Schott, Strasbourg
Group PTOL-7, Grueninger, Strasbourg
Group PTOL-8, Basel
Group PTOL-9, Gastaldi, Venice
Group PTOL-10, Ruscelli, Venice
Group PTOL-11, Mercator Plates, Cologne
Group PTOL-12, The Netherlands
Group PTOL-13, Magini, Venice; Cologne; Arnhem; Padua
Group PTOL-14, Sessa, Venice

Chapter Two: General and Regional Maps of Persia
Historical Background
Section One: Italian Maps
Section Two: Maps from the Low Countries
Section Three: French Maps
Section Four: Germanic Maps
Section Five: British Maps
Section Six: Russian Maps
Section Seven: American Maps
Section Eight: Persian Maps
Section Nine: Turkish Maps
Section Ten: Spanish and Portuguese Maps
A Curiosity Map, Persia as a Persian Cat

List of Consulted Map Collections
List of Figures
List of Plates
Bibliography, Excluding Maps, Atlases and Old Books (pre-1925)
Chronological Index of Map Entries
Index of Personal and Institutional Names
Index of Geographical Names
Addenda (including the maps: The Persian Empire, by Thomas Herbert, 1638 and Persiae ut et Maris Caspii Terrarumq vicinarum Delineatio noua A 1725 by Andreae Grönwall)

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