"Nova Persiae, Armeniae, Natoliae et Arabiae Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Middle East
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.8 x 18.5 inches
55.4 x 47 cm
This splendid map of the Middle East covers the region from Turkey and Egypt to Afghanistan with the Arabian peninsula prominently shown. The detail in Arabia is based on Sanson's map of 1654, one of the largest scaled and best detailed maps of the region until the mid-seventeenth century. The decorative title cartouche features several exotic figures, animals, and a merchant ship. A mapmaker works atop the scale of miles cartouche using dividers and other tools of the trade.
References: Ankary #77; Tibbetts #121.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with contemporary outline color in the map and later color in the decorative elements. There are professional repairs along the centerfold and to a few short edge tears.