Auction 136, Lot 627

"Turcicum Imperium", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1635-45 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 16.2 inches
52.1 x 41.1 cm

This is a very handsome map covering the Turkish Empire at the height of its power. 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. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A+

Excellent condition with mild surface soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $850 - $1,100

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/1/2011