Auction 154, Lot 629


"Saba", Olearius, Adam

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1719 (circa)

Publication: Voyages Tres Curieux & Tres Renommez...

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 10.6 inches
35.1 x 26.9 cm

This view is from the travels of Adam Olearius who was sent by Duke Frederick III to Moscow and Persia to seek treaties favoring the newly-founded city of Friedrichstadt as the terminus for an overland silk road. Although his negotiations with the Shah were not successful, his journey resulted in greatly expanded knowledge of the geography of both empires. In this view, horsemen, turbaned figures, and camels in the shade are depicted in the foreground with the city in the backdrop. The title floats above it all in a banner-style cartouche.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.OLE-3a #34.

Condition: A

A dark impression on watermarked paper with printer's creases along the centerfold and a touch of soiling.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $31

Closed on 9/16/2015