Niebuhr’s Map of Yemen


Terrae Yemen maxima Pars seu Imperii Imami, Principatus Kaukebân, nec non ditionum Haschid u Bekîl, Nehhm, Chaulân, Abu Arîsch Et Aden, Tabula ex observationibus astronomicis et hodometricia jussu et sumtibus Potentissimor Daniae Regnum Friderici V. Et Christiani VII. institutis delineata Auctore C. Niebuhr

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Copper engraving, 59 x 39.5 cm, map of Yemen engraved by Defehrt after Martin, modern hand-colour, blank verso; engraved in Copenhagen in 1771, our example is from one of the original Copenhagen editions of Niebuhr’s account of his travels published in 1772-1773, rather the Amsterdam editions of 1774 onwards.

Niebuhr was the sole survivor of the Royal Danish Arabia Expedition of 1761-1767, and this is the earliest reliable, detailed printed map of Yemen.


Niebuhr’s Map of Yemen


NIEBUHR, Carsten


Defehrt after Martin

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59 x 39.5 cm