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Auction 185, Lot 643

"Persia sive Sophorum Regnum", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Persia - Iran

Period: 1645 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.6 x 10.4 inches
34.5 x 26.4 cm
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This handsome map shows the Persian Empire during the time of the Safavid dynasty, based on Blaeu's map of the region. It covers from the Caucasus to India, with the Persian Gulf coastline of the Arabian peninsula. There is good detail of hundreds of tiny villages. The emperor and two soldiers stand atop the title cartouche. Merian's signature is at lower right.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.MERI-23a #181.

Condition: A

A dark impression with a hint of toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $220 - $250

Sold for: $110

Closed on 11/17/2021