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Auction 146, Lot 629

"Nova Persiae Armeniae Natoliae et Arabiae", Ottens/De Wit

Subject: Middle East & Arabia

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 18.9 inches
56.6 x 48 cm
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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; cf. Ankary #77.

Condition: B+

Lovely original color that has been partially refreshed, light soiling, and a couple of tiny holes in image. There are a few tears and chips in blank margins that have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/4/2013