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Auction 173, Lot 388

"Schamachie", Ogilby, John

Subject: Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

Period: 1673 (published)

Publication: Asia, the First Part...

Color: Black & White

13.3 x 10.6 inches
33.8 x 26.9 cm
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This uncommon and striking engraving depicts the city of Shamakhi in present-day Azerbaijan. Locals bustle in the foreground with camels, carts, and livestock. There is nice detail of the city's architecture and layout. The city is set against a hilly backdrop, with the ruins of an old fortress in the distance. In 1667, just six years before this view's publication, the city was decimated by a massive earthquake that killed 80,000 and wrecked one-third of the city. However, Ogilby's text makes no mention of this earthquake, and the view is primarily based on sources predating the disaster.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.OGIL-3a #3.

Condition: A+

A dark impression on a clean sheet.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/5/2019