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Auction 174, Lot 646

"The Kingdoms of Armenia, Pontus, Cappadocia, Media &c.", Basire, Isaac

Subject: Middle East

Period: 1760 (circa)


Color: Black & White

11.9 x 8 inches
30.2 x 20.3 cm
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This map extends all the way from the Mediterranean and Black Seas to the Gulf of Thailand, showing ancient kingdoms, numerous cities, rivers, and topography. The banner-style title cartouche is held aloft by a putto, while at top right is a vignette of a king dropping into an urn the recently decapitated head of another king. The large executioner stands beside the gruesome corpse. Engraved by Basire.


Condition: A+

A dark impression on a clean, bright sheet.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $65

Closed on 9/11/2019