Auction 162, Lot 613

"Turcici Imperii Imago", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East

Period: 1628 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

Size:
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, published between 1628-1633.

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

Condition: A

Nice impression and color with some damp stains confined to the top and bottom blank margins.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 4/26/2017

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