Historic maps of Armenia
- The Cartographic Heritage.
By Rouben Galichian
Published in January 2004 by I. B. Tauris – London, New
"The book is a compilation of over 160 maps related to
the region of Armenia, which have been taken from the maps prepared
by world renowned cartographers and geographers of various times.
All the maps are reproduced in their original form, accompanied
with only additional description and information related to
their authors, sources and important features.
oldest map shown is a Babylonian clay tablet, dating from the
sixth century BC. Then there are maps of the classical Greek
and Alexandrian geographers, as well as the early Christian
maps. Islamic and Armenian cartography is represented with a
number of maps, followed up by the European early and late Medieval
few rare Ottoman and Arabic maps are also shown, which depict
the region of Armenia. Some Ottoman and Arab geographers’
manuscript pages are reproduced, where names of the towns, cities
and borders of Armenia are depicted.
collection includes many manuscript sea charts (portolans) and
maps, which in addition to being informative, are beautiful
works of art too. The western cartography is represented by
multitude of maps from fifteenth to the nineteenth century
book includes an essay about the history of maps and mapmaking
related to the region of Armenia, as well as a dictionary of
oft-used geographical names. The preface is by the British historian
maps are compiled and the texts are prepared by using the resources
of various libraries and museums of the world. These include
the British Library, the British Museum, Bibliothèque
Nationale de France, Österreichishce Nationalbibliothek,
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Library of Congress, University
of Bologna, Museum of Jerusalem, Walters Gallery, John Rylands
Library, Matenadaran and other sources.
is a book, which is a MUST for anyone interested in the history
and geography of Armenia and its neighbouring countries, including
the geopolitics of the area. It is a source of many references
for any student of geography and cartography, interested in
the area of the Middle East and Anatolia.
also clarifies the location of the country of Azerbaijan (south
of the Araxes river) and shown the names that today’s
territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan by which it was known
book will be available in the bookshops in Europe and USA from