Attractive original antique map of the Nile Delta region, showing the river north of the ruins of Memphis. The many branches of the Nile are shown, as is topography around the region. Routes of early explorers are shown leaving the delta region and heading up into the mountains. A key at the lower left shows distances in twelve different units.
This work originally appeared in Carl Ritter and F. O'Etzel's Hand-Atlas von Afrika. Carl Ritter is considered one of the founders of modern geography and was an important figure of his time. One of Ritter's best-known works, his Erdkunde im Verhaltnis. . ., attempted to describe the geography of the entire globe. This work had a very broad concept of geography, not only encompassing cartography but also hydrography, climatology, and volcanology. Ritter never completed his work due to the vast scale of his undertaking. His work was important in updating the mapping of the African interior.