"Syriae, sive Soriae, Nova et Accurata Descriptio", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Middle East
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 17 inches
51.6 x 43.2 cm
Handsome map of Syria and Lebanon, fully engraved with mountain ranges, forests and cities. Damascus is at the bottom of the map and Edessa (Şanlıurfa) is at the top. The coastal cities include Alexandria, Antioch, Tyro, Tripoli, Sidon, and Curco. The map is embellished with a fine strapwork title cartouche flanked by a shepherd and his flock, a scale of miles held aloft by three cherubs, a sailing ship, compass rose and a sea monster.
A dark impression on a sheet that has been professionally backed with tissue to repair three tears to the map near the center and one small hole. The bottom left corner margin has been restored. The map still presents well.