"A Mapp of the Empire of the Sophie of Persia, with its Severall Provinces", Blome, Richard
Subject: Persia - Iran
Period: 1668 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
15.5 x 10.3 inches
39.4 x 26.2 cm
An attractive map of Persia after Sanson with nicely engraved detail of the area from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf and the Indus River. This unusual example does not have the heraldic crest at the lower left, which Blome affixed after printing the map. It was common practice during this period to finance publishing projects by soliciting sponsorship from wealthy patrons and dedicating maps to these sponsors. Blome took the practice to the extreme by selling the sponsorships yet again for subsequent editions. Thus, many of Blome's maps are known in several different states, with the change being a new dedication. Richard Blome was one of the most interesting, and most active, publishers of illustrated books in post-Restoration London.
References: Mapforum.com #9.
A dark impression on laid paper, issued folding, now flattened. There is a faint printer's ink smudge on the right side of the map. A short centerfold separation, not affecting the map, has been repaired on the verso with archival tape.