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Detailed chart of the Caspian Sea, from An Historical Account of the British Trade Over the Caspian Sea . . ., published in London by Jonas Hanaway, Merchant.

The chart depicts in fine detail the coast of the Caspian Sea and environs, incuding soundings, harbors and achorages.

Thomas Woodroofe travelled from Moscow to Casan. Upon reaching Casan, he constructed a ship and sailed the Caspian Sea for 1000 English miles, during which time the observations set forth in this map were made.

John Gibson Biography

John Gibson flourished in London from 1748 to 1773. He was most likely born ca. 1724. As a young man he was apprenticed to John Blunbell of the Stationers Company, and then to John Pine. He was made free of the Company in 1748. Gibson proved a talented geographer and engraver who produced numerous maps, especially for books and magazines. He worked in collaboration with other map sellers such as Emanuel Bowen and John Roque. His best-known work was the pocket atlas, The Atlas Minimus (1758). Although little is known about his life beyond his publications, he was imprisoned for debt in King’s Bench from May to June of 1765.