Rare nineteenth century plan of Iran
By QARAJADAGHI, Ashraf Ali , 1865


Asia Persia
  • Author: QARAJADAGHI, Ashraf Ali
  • Publication place: [Tehran?]
  • Publication date: 1865.
  • Physical description: Engraved map with manuscript labels and original hand colour, dissected and laid on linen, original half sheepskin case.
  • Dimensions: 890 by 1130mm. (35 by 44.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2873


A rare map of Persia (now Iran) and central Asia. The map uses the Iranian unit of measurement, the parasang or farsakh, roughly equivalent to a league. It reflects the provisions made by the Treaty of Paris, which concluded the Anglo-Persian War.

Persia at the time was ruled by Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar. The Shah attempted to take Herat to increase Persian influence in the region and regain territory lost to Russia at the end of the Russo-Persian Wars. The British, mistakenly thinking that Persia was influenced by Russia, and keen to maintain Persia as a buffer between Russian territory and India, declared war in retaliation. The war culminated in Persia abandoning its claims to Herat, and the British making concessions to the Persian government.