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BENGHAZI, LIBYA: Mediterranean Sea. Tripioli. Benghazi to Derna. Surveyed… under the direction of Capt.n T.A.B. Spratt, R.N.; C.B.; F.R.S. 1861.

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An updated 1914 edition of fine sea chart made by the British Admiralty of the northwestern coast of Libya, known as the Jebel Akhdar, the historical region of Cyrenaica.

 

Photozincograph with some navigational details heightened in yellow (Good, noticeable staining in upper and lower margins, some print transference), 102.5 x 68.5 cm (40.5 x 27 inches).

 

 

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This rare work is an updated 1914 edition of fine sea chart made by the British Admiralty of the northwestern coast of Libya, known as the Jebel Akhdar, the historical region of Cyrenaica.  Its coverage extends from Benghazi to Derna and provides a very detailed depiction of the coastal areas, while insets, in the lower right corner, detail major ports, while three fine profile views grace the composition.

The map is based upon an 1861 survey conducted by Britain’s Royal Navy which was issued in updated editions as late as 1928.  The present edition was published in the spring of 1914, on the eve of World War II, and just a short time after Italy conquered Libya from the Ottomans in 1911.  Italy would join the upcoming conflict on the British side, and the Royal Navy would have used the chart help suppress local rebels who were backed by the Ottoman-German side.

All editions of the chart are very rare; we can trace a similar edition issued in 1916, held by the British Library.

 

References: Cf. (1916 ed.) British Library: Cartographic Items Maps B.A.C.6.(241.) / OCLC: 556571998.

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