"Nova Persiae Armeniae Natoliae et Arabiae", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Middle East
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 18.8 inches
56.1 x 47.8 cm
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; Ankary #77.
A fine impression with original color that has been partially refreshed and a professionally repaired tear that enters 3" into map at bottom. There is a manuscript title in French in the top blank margin.