MUSIL, Alois.

Map of Northern Arabia; [with:] Map of the Northern Heğâz.

New York: American Geographical Society, 1926 Stock Code: 141566
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Mapping Arabia

Exceptionally unusual opportunity to acquire these two important and highly detailed maps, based on the work of the celebrated Moravian Arabist Alois Musil (1868-1944), known as "the Czech Lawrence of Arabia" and described by Howgego as "a leading scholar of Arabic culture".

From a humble background, Musil trained for the church, was ordained a priest in 1891 and received his doctorate in theology four years later. He continued his studies between 1895 and 1899 at Jerusalem and Beirut and travelled extensively throughout the Arab world, establishing in particular a remarkable relationship with the Ruwallah Bedouin. Following the Great War he became a professor at Charles University in Prague, playing a key role in the establishment of the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, under whose auspices, and with the co-operation of the American industrialist Charles R. Crane, these maps were published.

The map of Northern Arabia is represented fairly liberally among institutional libraries but that of the Northern Heğâz is scarce, with just four locations cited by WorldCat (Library of Congress, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek).

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Together 2 items. Map of Northern Arabia (1 : 1000, 000) on 4 sheets each measuring 620 x 600 mm (overall 1240 x 1200 mm); map of the Northern Heğâz (1 : 150, 000) measuring 970 x 730 mm, accompanied by smaller index map measuring 290 x 240 mm. Total of 6 colour maps housed in a custom pale grey cloth slipcase.


Library of Congress duplicate stamp to verso of Heğâz index map. A few short splits at folds and inevitable light creasing otherwise in excellent condition.


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