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Short title
Map of Abyssinia and the Adjacent Districts


Henry SALT [1780-1827]

Full Title
Map of Abyssinia and the Adjacent Districts laid down partly from original observations taken in the country and partly compiled from information collected there by Henry Salt Esq., in 1809 & 1810.

F. C. & J. Rivington

W. Bulmer

Drawn by
J. Outhett

A. Macpherson

Details on publication
Published in the book: A voyage to Abyssinia, and travels into the interior of that country; executed under the orders of the British government, in the years 1809 and 1810; in which are included, an account of the Portuguese settlements on the east coast of Africa, visited in the course of the voyage; a concise narrative of late events in Arabia Felix; and some particulars respecting the aboriginal African tribes, extending from Mosambique to the borders of Egypt; together with vocabularies of their respective languages; illustrated with a map of Abyssinia, numerous engravings, and charts.

In the book, the map is inserted at the beginning of Chapter IV, between p. 135 and p. 137.

Height (of the map)
58 cm.

Width (of the map)
75 cm

8,4 cm = 80 miles
ca. 1 : 1,500,000

Source of the scanned image
Justus Perthes Collection, Gotha, with permission.

by Eloi Ficquet, last update 30.06.2019

The digital indexation of this map has been processed Stéphane Ancel, checked by Eloi Ficquet.
575 items have been collected and indexed.

Note on indexation categories

There are 9 levels of description to categorize the items.

These categories have been designed according to the internal graphic structure of the map, for there is no legend attached to the map, except for the colours of tracks.

▪ region or autonomous governorate: large capital letters, with shadowy typographical effect; not italicized.
▪ district: capital letters, italicized.
▪ people or social group: same as districts, with specification of the social group (eg. "tribe"), or the people (eg. "Somauli").
▪ chiefdom: when the name of a chief is associated to an area.
▪ place: all kinds of places, from main cities to minor places, lowercase, italicized, associated with a dot. Some specific symbols representing a building for a seat of power or a cross for church are used, but too unevenly distributed to be considered systematically. Such specifications are given in the item’s comments.
▪ water body: river, lake, sea.
▪ relief: mountain or other topographic fact (pass, plain).
▪ other observation: all kinds of indications, more often on landscapes.

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