"Etats du Grand-Seigneur en Asie, Empire de Perse, Pays des Usbecs, Arabie et Egypte", Robert de Vaugondy, Didier
Subject: Near and Middle East
Period: 1753 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 19 inches
55.4 x 48.3 cm
This is a handsome and detailed copper-engraved map centered on the Arabian Peninsula, here called Arabie Heureuse. The map shows the Black and Caspian Seas, and extends to include modern Turkey, Persia, Syria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran (Persia), Uzbekistan, and much of Afghanistan. A Grand Desert is located between Mecca and Oman, today known as the Rub' al-Khali desert. The map is adorned with a decorative cartouche showing a Turkish sultan seated on pillows, smoking a long pipe, and five distance scales at lower right.
References: Pedley #389; Ankary, p. 352-53.
Original outline color on watermarked paper with wide margins. There are a few faint spots at top, a printer's crease along centerfold at bottom, and a short centerfold separation in bottom blank margin, far from map image.