Auction 129, Lot 701

"Nova Persiae, Armeniae, Natoliae et Arabiae Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Middle East and Arabia

Period: 1666-80 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 18.5 inches
55.4 x 47 cm

This splendid map of the Middle East covers the region from Turkey and Egypt to Afghanistan with the Arabian peninsula prominently shown. The detail in Arabia is based on Sanson's map of 1654, one of the largest scaled and best detailed maps of the region until the mid-seventeenth century. The decorative title cartouche features several exotic figures, animals and a merchant ship. A mapmaker works atop the scale of miles cartouche using dividers and other tools of the trade.

References: Tibbetts #121.

Condition: A+

This is a beautiful example with professional restoration to a short tear at bottom and refreshed color.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $425

Closed on 9/23/2009