Interesting map extending from The Red Sea to the White River and beyond, with the Kingdom of Kovar, Kingdom of Kaugha and Kingdom of Gorham noted. Centered on the Abissinia and the Kingdom of Fungi. Includes towns, roads, rivers, lakes, mountains, islands, etc. An interesting map, one of the few good English maps of the period to appear in a commercial atlas. Good treatment of Yemen, Hejaz and Tehama on the Arabian Peninsula. the Dominos of Emir D'Akmin and other interesting regions. Some early roads are also noted, and other towns with Sheiks noted.
From Dunn's New Atlas or Mundane System of Geography, printed for Robert Sayer at 53 Fleet Street, London. The true first state of the map. Wide clean margins and strong thick paper.
Samuel Dunn (bap. 1723-1794) was a teacher of mathematics and navigation who published, among other things, maps and charts. Although information about his early education is lacking, by age nineteen he was leading his own school and teaching writing, accounting, navigation, and mathematics in Devon. In 1751, he moved to London, where he taught in several schools and tutored privately.
By the 1760s, Dunn was known as a respected astronomer and had published a range of textbooks on math, navigation, and astronomy. After the publication of the Nautical Almanac, Dunn acted as a certifier of ships’ masters under the new system, on behalf of the Board of Longitude. He performed similar work for the East India Company, as well as made charts of the East Indies. In 1776 he published A New Variation Atlas and, in 1777, A New Epitome of Practical Navigation, or, Guide to the Indian Seas. By 1780, he was named editor of the New Directory for the East Indies, which included his own charts. In 1786, he released a pioneering study, Theory and Practice of Longitude at Sea. He also designed several instruments for navigation.
Dunn died at his home in Fleet Street in January 1794. His books and maps were auctioned at Sothebys in a sale of over 1,000 lots. Many of these were bought by Alexander Dalrymple, hydrographer of the East India Company and soon-to-be-named first head of the Hydrography Office.