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Neueste Karte von Arabien 1850, designed by Hauptm. Radefeld and published by Joseph Meyer in Hildburghausen in 1850, provides a detailed depiction of the Arabian Peninsula during the mid-19th century. It features insets of El Derreyeh, Medina, and "Mekka." Notably, it includes place names in areas that would later form the United Arab Emirates.

This map reflects the accumulated geographical knowledge of European cartographers of that time. The identification of places such as Abuthubbe (now Abu Dhabi), Debai (Dubai), El Biddah (Al Bidda - modern Doha), Scharga (Sharjah), and Aymaum (Ajman) offers a glimpse into the Peninsula's regional dynamics.

The inclusion of the insets of El Derreyeh, Medina, and "Mekka" emphasizes their significance in the historical and religious contexts of the Peninsula. The map originally appeared in Meyer's Hand Atlas.

Condition Description
Original hand-color in outline. Very faint foxing.
Joseph Meyer Biography

Joseph Meyer (1796-1856) was a German publisher who released Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, a German-language encyclopedia in print from 1839 to 1984. Meyer was born in Gotha and educated as a merchant in Frankfurt, an important city in the book trade. He traveled in London in 1816 and was back in German in 1820, where he began to invest in textiles and railways. He opened his publishing operation, Bibliographisches Institut, in 1826. His publications each had a serial number, a new innovation at the time. He was best known for his atlases and the Meyers Universum (1833-1861), which featured steel-engravings of the world. The Universum stretched to 17 volumes in 12 languages and was subscribed to by 80,000 people all over Europe. Thanks to his publishing success, Meyer moved the Institut from Gotha to Hildburghausen in 1828. Meyer died in the latter city in 1856.