"Natolia, quae olim Asia Minor", Blaeu, (Family)
Subject: Turkey & Cyprus
Period: 1643 (circa)
Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 15.1 inches
50.3 x 38.4 cm
This handsome map of present-day Turkey includes several Aegean Islands and Cyprus prominently shown in the south. A fierce sea battle rages in the Mediterranean along with curious looking sea monsters. Two winged female creatures suspend the banner style title cartouche, and the map is further decorated with a surveyor holding an unusual vertical scale of miles. French text on verso, published between 1643-50.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8110:2.
There is light printer's ink residue, some errant color at top center, and light soiling. There are some minute worm holes in the image, as well as a number of short worm tracks mostly confined to the blank margins (only entering the image in the bottom corners) that have been professionally infilled.