This is the extremely rare first edition of the Italian Navy’s sea chart of stretch of the Somali coast around El Ataleh, some ways up from Mogadishu. Zincograph (Good, but with noticeable wear along old folds with some toning in upper area), 63 x 59 cm (25 x 23 inches).
This chart maps the mouth of the Jubba River in southern Somalia, long a vital lifeline for agriculture and trade. The chart was made from surveys conducted by Commander Giovatto of the Italian Navy in 1908. Zincograph (Very Good, some light toning and light wear along old folds), 53 x 61 cm (21 x 24 inches).
An Italian map of the natural harbour of Kismaayo, in the far south of Somalia. Photozincograph, with navigational markers heightened in yellow and some details added in manuscript in red pen, with pastedown date stamp in lower left corner (Very Good, some wear along old folds), 55.5 x 70.5 cm (22 x 27.5 inches).
This is the first sea chart of the harbour of Massawa predicated upon proper scientific surveys, as well as one of the only detailed early maps of the city of Massawa as remodeled by the new Italian colonial regime. Zincograph, with some navigation markers heightened in yellow, some contemporary manuscript navigational additions in pencil (Good, but with noticeable wear…
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