Asia Minor Turkey Cyprus antique map dated 1863


Asia Minor antique map. Antique map of Asia Minor (including Cyprus) lithograph by Edward Weller, F.R.G.S. Published in the Weekly Dispatch Atlas, 1863. Original hand-colouring executed prior to publication. A very nice example of a Victorian antique map. Paper size is approx. 19 x 13.5 inches.

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Asia Minor antique map. Antique map of Asia Minor (including Cyprus) lithograph by Edward Weller, F.R.G.S. Published in the Weekly Dispatch Atlas, 1863. Original hand-colouring executed prior to publication.

Asia Minor or Anatolia ( in Modern Greek: ΑνατολίαAnatolía, from ἈνατολήAnatolḗmodern pronunciation AnatolíTurkish: Anadolu, – “east” or “(sun)rise”), also known as Asia Minor (in Medieval and Modern Greek: Μικρά ἈσίαMīkrá AsíaTurkish: Küçük Asyamodern pronunciation Mikrá Asía – “small Asia”), Asian Turkey, the Anatolian peninsula, or the Anatolian plateau, is the westernmost protrusion of Asia, which makes up the majority of modern-day Turkey. The region is bounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Sea of Marmara forms a connection between the Black and Aegean Seas through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits and separates Anatolia from Thrace on the European mainland.

Edward Weller(1 July 1819 – May 1884) FRGS was a British engraver and cartographer who was one of the first to produce maps using lithography.

Lithography (from Ancient Greek λίθος, lithos, meaning ‘stone’, and γράφειν, graphein, meaning ‘to write’) is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a ball grained surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) is a prestigious Fellowship granted by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) that is open to those over the age of 21 who can demonstrate:

  • A sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.
  • At least five years of continuous commitment to the Royal Geographical Society as an Ordinary Member.

Candidates for fellowship must be proposed and seconded by an existing fellow unless they hold teaching or research positions in higher education. Current fellows include Michael Palin, Josh Bernstein, and Joanna Lumley. Former fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.


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