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Number: 100
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1860
Title: [Armenia script; Atlas or World Map for the National Schools / Devised and Created by Astvatsatur V. Avakian of the Mekhitarist Monastery].
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Publish Origin: Vienna
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Cartographer: Astvatsatur V. Avakian
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Publisher: Pashtpan S. Astvacacni
Mekhitarist Monastery
B. Tpagrovatian
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Notes: [Neither Map nor Atlas of 21 maps, are in Afriterra Collection; pending Dasa Pahor and Alex Johnson source image] This is the Africa Continent sheet image] from Atlas, Oblong Folio, 21 maps; Extremely rare ? one of the great milestones of Armenian language cartography, being the first Armenian school atlas and the second ever Armenian world atlas, created by Astvatsatur Avakian, a monk at the Mekhitarist Monastery in Vienna, a beautifully produced work of 21 maps, importantly including one of the earliest maps to depict a proposed future independent state of ?Armenia? cleaved out of the Ottoman Empire, a politically incendiary notion and powerful rhetorical device of the ?Armenian National Awakening?; the maps printed by an extraordinary technique clearly inspired by the Vienna cartographer Franz Raffelsperger. -----T his is an important milestone in the history of Armenian language cartography, being the first Armenian school atlas and the second ever Armenian world atlas. It was created by Astvatsatur V. Avakian, a monk at the Mekhitarist Monastery in Vienna, one of the world?s most important Armenian Catholic missions, and was printed by the monastery?s press. It is the most comprehensive Armenian atlas made prior to the 20th Century, featuring 21 beautifully rendered maps, including maps of the continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Australia/Oceania); individual European countries and regions; and, reflecting the particular interests of the Armenian people, a map of ?Armenia?; two maps of the Ottoman Empire (in Europe and Asia); Persia; and India and Mainland Southeast Asia (curiously it does not, and never did include a World map).
Last updated: Mar 26, 2022