"Turcicum Imperium", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 17.9 inches
55.4 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.
A nice impression with attractive color, a few extraneous creases around the centerfold, and light soiling. There are professional repairs along the centerfold at bottom to a separation that enters 2" into map, a small hole, and a tear that enters 1/2" into map. A damp stain at bottom left just enters into the image.