|Artist||Philip, George & Son|
|Published||Edward Standford Limited, London. Printed in Great Britain by George Philip & Son, Ltd. © 1958 George Philip & Son, Ltd.|
|Dimensions||715 x 1090 mm|
A very large mid-century folding map of the Middle East, prepared and published by Edward Stanford Limited and George Philip & Son Ltd for the Daily Mail. The map is presented in full colour, and encompasses Turkey, Cyprus Egypt, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Caspian coasts of the USSR, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, the northern half of the Arabian peninsula, Bahrain, Qatar, Trucial Oman, Muscat & Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Persia (Iran), and the western borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the top right corner, an inset map shows the southern half of the Arabian peninsula, adding Yemen, the Aden Protectorate, and Eritrea.
Egypt, the Sinai, Gaza, Syria, and Yemen are coloured in bands of yellow and pink to represent the United Arab Republic, a union between the two states of Egypt and Syria that formally commenced in 1958, the year this map was published. The main focus of the map, however, is clearly oil. Red oil-pipelines run across the region, and icons in the shape of derricks are also shown to demonstrate the output of each oil-bearing location. In the bottom left corner, a small inset map also provides a closer view of the Suez Canal. On the verso, the map features a black and white 'Daily Mail Oil Map of the World, with similar derrick icons of various sizes used to demonstrate output. Surrounding the map are infographics and text panels rating the growth of oil production, and the quantities involved in imports and exports. The other half of the verso provides details about the Middle East, particularly the United Arab Republic, and features portraits of the leaders of each nation.
George Philip, (1800–1882) was a cartographer and map publisher. Son of a staunchly Calvinist family, he became in 1819 assistant to the Liverpool bookseller, William Grapel and in 1834 started his own business in Liverpool producing maps and educational books. The business expanded rapidly. He used cartographers (such as John Bartholomew the elder, August Petermann, and William Hughes) to produce maps on copper plates. Philip then had these printed and hand-coloured by his women tinters. By the time he produced his county maps of 1862 he was using machine coloured maps produced on power-driven lithographic presses. He had one son, also George (1823–1902), who was admitted to the business in 1848 (and was the cause of the name change to George Philip & Son Ltd). The company continued to operate successfully until 1987 when it was sold to Reed International. Here it continued to trade as George Philip Ltd. In 1998, following a management buy-out of the Illustrated books division, Philip's became part of the Octopus Publishing Group. Hachette Livre acquired the group in 2001.
Condition: Vertical and horizontal folds, as issued. Some time toning, wear, and splitting to folds. Otherwise a clean crisp impression.