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Rare highly detailed map of Asia Minor, Cyprus and environs, engraved by Lindeman, for a Dutch edtion of Pococke's Description of the East and Some other Countries, first published in London in 1745.

Richard Pococke was born in Southampton and educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, receiving a Bachelor of Law degree. He seems to have spent far more time travelling than attending to his duties as a churchman and spent 1733-36 undertaking a series of tours in Europe. Detailed accounts of his first tours (1733-34, 1736-37) survive in a set of letters he wrote to his mother (British Library, Add. Ms. 19939). From 1737-42 he visited the Near East, [3] visiting Egypt, Jerusalem, Palestine and Greece. These travels were later published in his Description of the East, works which were praised by Edmund Gibbon. Among other things, he was one of the European travellers to give an account of the origins of the medieval Arabic document, the Achtiname of Muhammad, which claims that the Prophet Muhammad had personally confirmed a grant of protection and other privileges to the monks of Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai.