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ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT: Mediterranean Sea - Egypt. Approaches to Alexandria and Abu Qir Bay surveyed by Commanders F.A. Reyne & S.A.G. Hill…1920-22. / Abu Qir Bay (Western Part) surveyed by Commanders F.A. Reyne & S.A.G. Hill…1920-22.

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This is a large and exceedingly detailed sheet of sea charts of the Alexandria area, Egypt, made during the twilight of Britain’s domination of the country. 

 

Photozincograph with some navigational details heightened in purple, pastedown printed correction slip added over Alexandria’s Inner Harbour, manuscript notes regarding a 1958 voyage and contemporary manuscript additions added in red pen (Good, old repairs to right-hand vertical fold, some toning and minor surface abrasions), 102.5 x 68.5 cm (40.5 x 27 inches).

 

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This is a large and exceedingly detailed sheet of sea charts of the Alexandria area, Egypt, made during the twilight of Britain’s domination of the country.  The chart on the righthand side details the city and port of Alexandria and extends eastwards past Abu Qir Bay to the mouth of the Rosetta Nile.  Alexandria and its famous port are shown in great detail, and features contemporary notes relating to an1958 visit by an Italian vessel.  The chart on the lefthand side details Abu Qir Bay, famously the location of Admiral Nelson’s stunning victory over Napoleon’s fleet in 1798.

The chart was originally issued in 1938, predicated upon the most exacting surveys conducted by the Royal Navy.  It was the best chart of the area throughout World War II, whereupon Alexandria was a major base for the Allies during their campaign to defeat Erwin Rommel’s Afrikakorps.  The present edition of the chart is updated to 1949, not long before the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 that hailed the end of British and Western domination over the country.

References: OCLC: 642593045.

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