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Auction 117, Lot 709

"Turcicum Imperium", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16 inches
52.1 x 40.6 cm

This is a very handsome map covering the Turkish Empire at the height of the Ottoman Empire. The region it covers is from the Balkans to Persia and from Northern Africa through the Arabian Peninsula. It is embellished with a fine cartouche showing the Turkish Sultan on his throne and allegorical figures at either side brandishing weapons. A second dedication cartouche incorporates a coat of arms. Sailing ships can be seen in the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. Latin text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Atlantes) #8100:2:201.

Condition: B

Lightly toned with lovely old color. Several marginal tears with tissue repairs on verso, none affecting map.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $525

Closed on 12/6/2006