Map of the First Modern Illustration of the Arabian Peninsula, which, for the first time, Delineates Baharam [Bahrain], Aba [Abu Dhabi] and Qatar, Published in 1561
Item Number: 14460
Ptolemaic engraved map of the Arabian Peninsula titled "Arabia Felice Nuova Tavola." The mapmaker is Girolamo Ruscelli who created an original version based on the 1548 map designed by famed Italian cartographer, Giacomo Gastaldi (Al Ankary). The map serves as the first modern illustration of the Arabian Peninsula, which, for the first time, delineates Baharam [Bahrain], Aba [Abu Dhabi] and Qatar, whose formation is clearly shown. This map was printed in Venice in 1561. During this time, Ruscelli and Gastaldi revolutionized cartography by incorporating copper as the medium, rather than wood, thus allowing more detailed and accurate illustrations of the geography. Page size is 9 x 11 1/2 inches. In very good condition.