"Turcici Imperii Imago", Hondius, Jodocus
Subject: Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
Period: 1628 (circa)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.3 inches
49 x 36.3 cm
A portrait of Sultan Mehmed II, who conquered Constantinople and brought an end to the Byzantine Empire, tops the title cartouche for this handsome map of the Ottoman Empire. The map extends from the Balkan peninsula through the Caspian Sea in the north and from Northern Africa through the Arabian peninsula in the south. The regions are divided in a similar manner to Ortelius' map of the area. The coastlines of the Red Sea are exaggerated, as are the number and size of the islands. The Red Sea is given four different names: Marre de Mecca, Bohar Corsum, Mare Rubrum and Sinus Arabicus. French text on verso, published between 1628-1633.
References: Ankary #36; Tibbetts #62; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8100:1A.
A nice impression with a couple printer's creases and a professionally repaired edge tear that enters 1.5" into the map image at top. A faint dampstain along the top edge is confined to the margin.