Cairo. Cairo Drafting Office. No date. Ca. mid 1950s.
Color map with pictographs, 36 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches on sheet size 39 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches, folding as issued into color pictorial paper wrappers, 8 3/4 x 5 inches. Covers worn with some edge tears; map in very good condition. No date, but presume mid 1950s with the establishment of the Arab Republic. The map depicts "Liberation Province," an area west of Cairo. An Egyptian travel website observes: "In the 1950s, model villages, olive groves and vineyards were planted here to reclaim 25,000 hectares of land from the desert, a project initially financed by the sale of King Farouk's stamp collection and other valuables." One of the more interesting, if not helpful, features of the map is the poor registration employed with the color red, used to designate roadways and urban centers. The faulty alignment creates numerous topographical curiosities. Scale 1:500,000. Index of Towns in lower left of map with an inset map entitled Key Map of the Regions of Egypt and another inset map depicting the course of the Nile to Aswan. Item #46912