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Number: 3839
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1927
Title: [Arabic script, Yeni Afrika / New Africa]
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Language: Arabic
Publish Origin: Isanbul
Height: 63.0
Width: 94.0
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Size Class.: Large
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Color Type: Full Color
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Publisher: Aladdin Matba si
Other Contributors: Kitabhane-yi Sudi, BAB-I ALI CADDESI bookshop.
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Notes: [pending arrival Pahor source] Colour off-set print (condition shows some light staining, wear and some very minor loss along old folds, with some loss to upper blank margins; adorned with the flags of major African states and colonies). A very rare, large format, separately issued map of Africa that is perhaps the last significant map of the continent to be printed in Ottoman Turkish script, published in Istanbul for the Kitabhane-yi Sudi bookshop. This very rare and attractive large format map of Africa was printed as one of series of separately issued maps of the continents made for the Kitabhane-yi Sudi, a bookshop located at the Bab-i Ali Caddesi in Istanbul. Published in 1927, it is perhaps the last great map of Africa to have been printed in Ottoman script (which would be abolished by President Ataturk in early 1929, henceforth mandating that Latin letters be used for the Turkish language). The map shows the state of play in Africa in the post-World War I era, after Britain, France and Belgium took over Germany's former empire on the continent (Britain gained Namibia and what is today mainland Tanzania; France held Togo and most of Cameroon; while Belgium claimed Rwanda and Burundi). As such, France is shown to have consolidated control over most of the northwestern quadrant of Africa, while Britain claimed Cecil Rhodes's dream of possessing an uninterrupted expanse of territory from the 'the Cape to Cairo' (when counting Egypt and Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, which were not colonies, but rather British protectorates). Liberia and Ethiopia remain the only parts of Africa not under some form of European control. Belgium claimed an enlarged empire in the Congo, while Italy claims Libya, Eritrea and much of Somalia. The insets in the lower left corner detail the Nile Delta and Greater Cairo. Africa was still of special interest to the Turkish people, as for centuries the Ottoman Empire controlled much of North Africa, including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and parts of Sudan and Eritrea. Indeed, the pair of crossed flags showcased in the oval in the upper left corner of the map are that of the former Ottoman Empire. The map is beautifully adorned on both sides with flags, including (on the left, top to bottom:) Ethiopia, Zanzibar, France, Fez (Morocco), Belgian Congo, Liberia and Egypt; (on the right, top to bottom:) Spain, England, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and South Africa. All of the maps from the Kitabhane-yi Sudi series of the continents are today very rare, as due to their large size and separate issue they have a low survival rate.
Last updated: Dec 14, 2020