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Auction 130, Lot 685

"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
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The vignettes of Isfahan, Hormuz, Tabris, and Tehran flank the title cartouche in this 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 and a 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 and sold by Bassett and Chiswell. English text on verso.


Condition: A

The map is fine except for a short centerfold split at bottom with a small amount of water staining at location of repair. Dark, early impression and full later coloring.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 12/2/2009