Map of Asian-Eastern Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, and Arabia


This map, published in Paris in 1842, shows the Asian provinces of the Ottoman Empire, Persia (present-day Iran), Afghanistan, and the Arabian Peninsula. The map appeared in Atlas universel de géographie ancienne et moderne (Universal atlas of ancient and modern geography) by the cartographer and engraver Pierre M. Lapie (1779–1850). Lapie was a member of the corps of topographical engineers in the French army, where he rose to the rank of colonel. He eventually became head of the topographical section in the Ministry of War. He was assisted by his son Alexandre Emile Lapie (flourished 1809–50), also a French military cartographer, who worked with his father over a period of many years. The map provides scales of distance in five different units: myriameters (10,000 meters), leagues, nautical leagues, miles, and, curiously, hours of walking or marching required to cover a given distance. Paris is given as the prime meridian.

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M. Lapie, Paris


Title in Original Language

Carte de la Turquie d'Asie, de la Perse, de l'Afghanistan et de l'Arabie

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Physical Description

1 map : color ; 38 x 54 centimeters


  • Scale around 1:9,000,000

Last updated: February 8, 2017