"Turcicum Imperium", Mercator/Hondius
Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
Period: 1635 (circa)
Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...
Color: Hand Color
7.3 x 5.7 inches
18.5 x 14.5 cm
This interesting small map extends west to Italy and includes part of northern Africa, but focuses on the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East and Arabia. The mountains, rivers, and cities of the region are well depicted, including Mecoa (Mecca), Eltaif, Al-Qanfaza, Aden, Sanaa, Zibith and Alaxa. The island of Bahrain (Baharem) is located in the Persian Gulf, here named Mare Elcatif. The map is adorned with strapwork title cartouche that incorporates a distance scale. From the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. English text on verso.
References: Ankary, p. 179; Tibbetts #63; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8100:351.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with light toning along the edges of the sheet.