Auction 127, Lot 696

"The Kingdome of Persia with the cheef Citties and Habites described", Speed, John

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1676 (published)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 15.5 inches
52.1 x 39.4 cm

Vignettes of Isfahan, Hormuz, Tabris, and Tehran flank the title cartouche of the fine carte-de-figures map of the Persian Empire. The side panels illustrate the social hierarchy of Persian society with superb illustrations of a nobleman, citizen, countryman and Turks with their respective female partners. The English text on the verso has a description of the region, people and history as seen through eyes of a Jacobian English historian. Engraved by Abraham Goos and published by Bassett and Chiswell.


Condition: B+

A sharp impression with attractive pale coloring. There are expert repairs of a short tear into the county woman at right, a minor fold separation at bottom and some restored paper in the top margin. All repairs are very skillfully done.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 2/25/2009