Eastern North America, with Spanish, American and French territories colored.

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The Cedid Atlas Tercümesi, or New Atlas, was published in Istanbul in 1803 by the Ottoman Military Engineering School Press — the first atlas to be printed in the Muslim world

The atlas, intended to provide military students and officials with modern geographic information, was produced as part of the “New Order” of Sultan Selim III. The atlas was part of an effort to incorporate Western military and technological advances into Ottoman society

Consisting of a treatise on geography, a celestial chart and 24 maps of the world, from Turkey and the Mediterranean to the brand-new United States, the atlas was based on the works of English cartographer William Faden and his General Atlas. Read more…

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This rare Ottoman atlas contains beautiful maps of the world