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Historic Maps of Armenia: The Cartographic Heritage

Historic Maps of Armenia: The Cartographic Heritage
Rouben Galichian

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Armenia as a cultural and political entity has existed for over 3000 years. Buffeted for the last 1000 years between Russians, Turks, Persians and the various peoples of the Caucasus, Armenians have survived the looming presence of much more powerful neighbours. The existence of the country has been recorded by mapmakers since the beginnings of cartography - including the various configurations of borders of the Armenian homeland which have shifted back and forth with the political fortunes of the peoples. This book brings together a collection of the most important maps of Armenia, from the oldest known version - a Babylonian clay tablet of the 6th century BC - to the renderings of Greek and Alexandrian cartographers, early Christian maps as well as versions from Ottoman and other Islamic centres. The text includes works by some of the greatest mapmakers, including Mercator and Ortelius. The cartographic treasures in this book include maps from the most important collections in Europe and America.

With his detailed descriptions of 125 and his introductory text, the author has produced a work of reference and artistic distinction, which should prove a valuable tool to all who follow the history of Armenia, the Caucasus, the Ottoman and Iranian worlds, as well as to collectors and enthusiasts of cartography.

Author Info

Rouben Galichian is a private scholar and collector, who over a lifetime has become a specialist in the maps of Armenia.


magnificently produced, beautiful collection; a good introduction to the history of cartography.; The maps are a delight to examine.; superb publication
Asian Affairs Magazine; 'Historic Maps of Armenia', the monumental result of 30 years of fascinated interest and three years of hard work, has just been published, and deserves to be in every home, library and school... this impressive work traces the first reference to Armenia to a Babylonian stone tablet dated around 600 BC... the reader gets not only a capsule history of Armenia, but also a detailed history of cartography...
Armenian Reporter International The paper, printing and binding are of high quality, making it a delight to look at the reproductions...this book, perhaps the first of its kind in English, is surely a valuable document, worthy of being studied and enjoyed by all those interested in the history of cartography, and particularly by the friends of Armenia.
International Map Collectors' Society Journal

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781860649790
Publication Date: 06 May 2004
Number of Pages: 220
Height: 310
Width: 280
Illustrations: 125 colour maps

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