Auction 149, Lot 586

"Turcicum Imperium", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.9 x 17.9 inches
55.6 x 45.5 cm

This is the first state of this very handsome map covering the Turkish Empire at the height of its power. The region extends from the Balkans to Persia and from Northern Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, and is filled with place names, topographical features, and notes. It is embellished with a fine title cartouche with three Turks. Engraved by Joannes Lhuilier.

References: Ankary #80; Tibbetts #117.

Condition: B

A nice impression with original color, light soiling, minor offsetting, and a 5" centerfold separation at bottom that has been archivally repaired. There are damp stains as well as several small chips and edge tears in the blank margins, most of which have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/21/2014