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Auction 150, Lot 556

Rare Carte-a-Figures Map of the Middle East

"The Turkish Empire. Newly Augmented", Speed, John

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1626 (dated)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 15.5 inches
51.6 x 39.4 cm
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This splendid carte-de-figures map covers the region from Greece across the Middle East to include Persia and Arabia, the Black and Caspian Seas, and the Red Sea. Based on Hondius' map of the region, the interior is fully engraved with mountains, deserts, and numerous towns and villages. The Persian Gulf is labeled the Sea Elcatif sometimes the Arabian Gulfe. Included along the top are eight bird's-eye views of important cities including Damascus, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Rhode, Alexandria, Ormus and Famagusta. Along each side are five full portraits of Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian, Arabian, and Persian men on the left and their wives on the right. With numerous annotations in blank areas giving historical and geographical details. This edition has the imprint of George Humble, published between 1627-32. The English text on verso provides a fascinating contemporary description of the region. The spectacular title cartouche features the crescent moon and a crown.

References: Potter (Antique Maps) pg. 119; Ankary #42; Tibbetts #77; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-2a #18.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with attractive color on watermarked paper. There are professional repairs to several separations along the centerfold, a 4" tear through western Arabia, and a 1.5" tear to the right of the title cartouche. Remargined at bottom with a portion of neatline replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/17/2014