Auction 124, Lot 627

"Persarum Regni Descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Historiae Universalis Auctorium

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 2.5 inches
10.9 x 6.4 cm

This tiny map is a scarce derivative of the Ortelius' map of the Persian Empire. It covers from the Caucasus through Chinese Tartary and from Arabia to the Indus River. The Taurus and Naugracort mountains form a ropelike barrier across the map and the major rivers and cites are located. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Historiae Universalis Auctarium. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: B+

There is some expert paper restoration in the margins and one area inside the map in Arabia with a couple of skilled lines of facsimile. These are indistinguishable except when held up to a strong light.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/7/2008