Auction 133, Lot 552

"Turcicum Imperium", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1635 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16 inches
52.1 x 40.6 cm

This is a very handsome map covering the Turkish Empire at the height of the Ottoman Empire. The region it covers is from the Balkans to Persia and from Northern Africa through the Arabian Peninsula. It is embellished with a fine cartouche showing the Turkish Sultan on his throne and allegorical figures at either side brandishing weapons. A second cartouche contains the coat of arms and dedication to David de Wilhem, a Dutch patrician who traveled in Egypt, Palestine and Syria in the 1620s. Sailing ships can be seen in the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas. Dutch text on verso.

References: Tibbetts #84.

Condition: A

Good impression and lovely original color. There are some damp stains and repaired fold separation in the blank margins.

Estimate: $700 - $800

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 9/1/2010