Auction 157, Lot 605

"Turcici Imperii Imago", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.3 inches
49 x 36.3 cm

A portrait of Sultan Mehmed II, who conquered Constantinople and brought an end to the Byzantine Empire, tops the title cartouche for this handsome map of the Ottoman Empire. The map extends from the Balkan peninsula through the Caspian Sea in the north and from Northern Africa through the Arabian peninsula in the south. The regions are divided in a similar manner to Ortelius' map of the area. The coastlines of the Red Sea are exaggerated, as are the number and size of the islands. The Red Sea is given four different names: Marre de Mecca, Bohar Corsum, Mare Rubrum and Sinus Arabicus. French text on verso.

References: Ankary #36; Tibbetts #62; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8100:1A.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression with full original color, light toning, and professional repairs to several minor separations along the centerfold.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $500

Closed on 5/4/2016