Striking and highly detailed map of Asia Minor, the Black Sea, and Cyprus extending east to Kurdistan.
The map shows the extent of Turkey/the Ottoman Empire in Asia. There is a significant amount of information included throughout the map. Major cities such as Jerusalem, Constantinople, and Antioch are shown. The depicted detail continues with the inclusion of several locations that are not as relevant like the El Come Hot Spring, the Sinosela Mine of Salt, and even the rough location of the Battle of Gaugamela (Arbella) where Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire. These additional inclusions make for a much more robust and interesting map as one can see not only the many settlements, roads, and waterways of the region, but also historical sites of places of industry and leisure.
Colored by provinces. Excellent detail throughout.
The Lizars were a Scottish family of engravers and printers who produced many views and maps. Daniel Lizars Sr. (1754-1812) was the son of a shoemaker, but he apprenticed with Andrew Bell, a printer and engraver. Lizars set up his own printworks near St. Giles Cathedral and took on his own apprentices, including George Bartholomew, whose son John would go on to found the important mapmaking firm later know as John Bartholomew & Son Ltd.
Daniel Sr. had three sons: Daniel Jr., John, and William Home. He also had a daughter, Jane Home. Daniel Jr. (1793-1875), the youngest of the boys, apprenticed in his father’s shop alongside George Bartholomew. When his father died in 1812, Daniel Jr. took over much of the business, expanding it and specializing in maps. The company went bankrupt in 1832, however, and Daniel emigrated to Canada.
John Lizars (1792-1860), the middle son, studied medicine and became Professor of Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, as well as senior surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
William Home Lizars (1788-1859), the eldest, also apprenticed in his father’s shop. After learning engraving, William entered the Trustees’ Academy to learn under John Graham. He was a skilled painter and artist. When his father died, and after his Daniel Jr. left, he carried on printing and invented a method of etching that looks like wood engraving.