C1961

Central Map of Tehran.

Rare pre Islamic Revolution folding plan of central Tehran by Abbas Sahab, the most important map maker in c.20th Iran. The second edition issued in 1961 (printed at top right). Detailed and beautifully presented map of Tehran, in English and Farsi, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Central Map of Tehran.

Date:

C1961

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

670mm 
x 490mm
AUTHENTICITY
Central Map of Tehran. - Vintage Map from 1961

Guaranteed Vintage Item
dated:

1961

Description:

Rare pre Islamic Revolution folding plan of central Tehran by Abbas Sahab, the most important map maker in c.20th Iran. The second edition issued in 1961 (printed at top right). Detailed and beautifully presented map of Tehran, in English and Farsi, with 218 landmarks noted in the key on the left hand side. These include ministries, Embassies and Legations, Travel Agencies, Hotels, Museums, etc. Issued price 60 RIS. The map was made after the 1953 Iranian coup d’état, when the prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh was deposed in an Anglo-American covert operation that marked the first time the US had overthrown a foreign government during the Cold War.  T Abbas Sahab was an Iranian cartographer and founder of the Sahab Geographic and Drafting Institute. He is considered by many as the founding father of modern Persian cartography. Among his many published works is the first atlas of the Persian Gulf.

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Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID2241912 (1971 edition)

Abbas Sahab (1921 - 2000)

Sahab - Father of Iran’s Cartography The Sahab Geographic and Drafting Institute was founded in Tehran in 1935, becoming the first private geographic and mapmaking enterprise in the Middle East.  Its founder was Abolghasem Sahab was succeeded by his son Abbas Sahab (1921-2000) He was born in Fam, in Tafresh district in Iran. His father Ostad Abolghasem Sahab Tafreshi was a famous writer and author of about seventy titles on on historical, geographical, religious, cultural and artistic topics. Abbas Sahab devoted himself to cartography already during the time off his studies in Teheran. During his life he created more than  1,500 valuable works including maps, atlases, plates, scientific and medical illustrations, as well as geographical globes. He was very active on the international level. He was an an active member of the International Cartographic Association Between 1968-1971 he issued maps of other countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Turkey. In 1970 Sahab organised the First International Map Exhibition in the Tehran Teachers Training High School and in the next years he organised similar events in the other cities. In his last years he dedicated himself to his monumental work: The Great Atlas of 14 Centuries of Islamic Arts in 20 volumes, of which the first volume was published in 2000. After Sahab’s death the printing house was taken over by his sons and is still active today. Sahab’s unique library with thousands of volumes on cartography also survives intact today.

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