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Auction 118, Lot 773

"Turcicum Imperium", Ortelius/Coignet

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1601 (circa)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.4 inches
12.2 x 8.6 cm

Charming miniature map shows the Turkish Empire stretching from the Balkans through the Caspian Sea and from Northern Africa through the Arabian Peninsula. It is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche in the lower left. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published by Jan B. Vrients. Italian text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) p. 86-87.

Condition: A

Very good with some marginal toning and couple of small chips.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 3/6/2007