"Turcicum Imperium", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
Period: 1639 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.4 x 16.2 inches
51.8 x 41.1 cm
This is a very handsome map covering the Turkish Empire at the height of Ottoman rule, copied from Blaeu's map of 1635. The map spans from the Balkans to Persia and from Northern Africa through the Arabian Peninsula. It is embellished with a fine cartouche showing the Turkish Sultan on his throne and allegorical figures at either side brandishing weapons. Sailing ships can be seen in the Mediterranean and Arabian seas. French text on verso, published 1639-49 in either Nouveau Theatre du Monde or Nouvel Atlas ou Theatre du Monde.
References: Tibbetts #87; Van der Krogt #8100:1B.1.
In full contemporary color with light scattered foxing. There are archival repairs to a 1.5" crack due to oxidation at right, and to a network of short separations along the centerfold and along an adjacent crease.