# 44041

Ali ŞEREF PAŞA (cartographer); HASAN FERID (editor & printer)

ىگى جغرافىا آطلسى [Yeñi coġrafya aṭlası / The New Geographic Atlas]

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Istanbul : Matbaa-I Amire, 1307-1309 [i.e. 1891-1893]. (Note: this is the date in the imprint on the upper board, but some of the individual maps are dated as late as 1311 AH / 1895 in the cartouche). Folio (400 x 260 mm), publisher’s chromolithographed illustrated boards (rubbed and lightly marked), rebacked in black cloth; original endpapers, 42 chromolithographed double-page maps (the index on the lower board lists only 40), all text in Ottoman-Turkish script; front hinge cracked, otherwise internally sound, with all maps in fine condition.

The first lithographed folio atlas printed in the Islamic world, with maps drawn by the father of modern Ottoman cartography, Ali Şeref Paşa.

The maps in this rare and important atlas are heavily influenced by contemporary French cartography, since Ali – a soldier by profession – was trained in both map-making and chromolithography in Paris in the 1860s, at the behest of the Ottoman administration. Through Ali’s work with the Istanbul press Matbaa-I Amire – the first printing press in the Muslim world, originally established under the name Darüttıbaa in 1727 – Western cartography and colour lithography were introduced to the Ottoman Empire and, by extension, the entire Muslim world.

The atlas includes detailed maps of the Ottoman Empire, Europe, The Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania and Australia, as well as four projections of the earth globe and a map of the solar system. The last six maps form a contiguous sequence which can be arranged as a wall map of the region encompassing the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Another example is held in the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, Stanford University.

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