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. The chart maps the area’s treacherous waters in great detail and shows the small fishing to of El Ataleh, location in a region that had has long been known (even up to the present day!) as a great haunt for pirates who preyed upon Indian Ocean shipping. Three attractive coastal profile views grace the lower-right corner.
The chart is extremely rare, we can only trace a single example of a later edition of 1910.
References: Cf. (1910 ed.) OCLC: 987377759; Archivio storico della Società africana d‘Italia: Raccolte fotografiche e cartografiche (1992), pp. 218, 252.
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