Luffman, John

Antique map of the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait for Luffman's Select Plans

Luffman: Antique Map of Bab al-Mandab Strait. 1800.

DESCRIPTION: Fine copper-plate engraved plan of the Bab al-Mandab Strait (Babel Mandel) at the mouth of the Red Sea. Includes the villages of Assab (Asab), Eritrea and Mocha (Moka), in Yemen. The Bab al-Mandab Strait connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. Other key features noted on the map include Purim (Mehta) Island, Cape Rasel, Pilot Island or Robands and the Lofty Islands.

From "Luffman's Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbors, Forts etc. in the World". Engraved and published by John Luffman, No. 28 Little Bell Alley, Coleman Street. London. November 1, 1801. Volume II, Number 53.

Luffman also provided similar engravings to this at about the same time for J.T. Serres' "The Little Sea Torch: or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots." Serres translated the Little Sea Torch from an earlier illustrated coasting pilot guide, based on Bougard's "Le petit flambeau de la mer", first published in 1684.

John Luffman (1751-1821) began his career as an engraver, producing a very large and fine map of Antigua, where he had resided in 1787 and 1789. That map was published by Luffman to accompany his 'A Brief Account of the Island of Antigua', 1788." Luffman shared the same sad fate as many publishers and was declared bankrupt on 9th March, 1793. Moving forward Luffman was more cautious and produced small format atlases and handy-sized maps of the theatres of war, principal towns and cities and battle-plans relating to the Wars of the French directorate and the subsequent Napoleonic War.

CREATOR: Luffman, John



BODY OF WATER: Bab al-Mandab Strait

CONDITION: Very Good.  A fine example. On robust paper with very wide margins. Strong impression and evident platemark.

COLORING: Attractive old hand coloring.


SIZE: 5 " x 6 "


PRICE: $230


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