Large steel engraving with original hand colouring. Overall size 50.2cms x 61.3cms; image size: 415mm x 508mm. Highly detailed showing rivers, mountain ranges, towns etc
Some browning to margin edges else detailed map in very good condition. This map was from the declining years of the Ottoman Empire. Britain had stepped into the Ottoman-Egyptian war and returned Palestine to the Ottoman Empire in 1840 (which lasted until World War I). Ancient and modern place names are noted (e.g.El Shams or Damascus) well as the name of various Arabic tribes.
Sidney Hall was an engraver, cartographer and copperplate printer. Worms and Baynton-Williams state in,'British Map Engravers' that Hall was almost certainly the first engraver to use the new harder steel plates for map work, using plates manufactured by the Jacob Perkins process as early as 1821. He died at the age of forty two and his widow Selina Hall, continued the business, her practice of signing her engravings simply as ,'S.Hall' has caused much confusion among bibliographers.
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