Lot 617: Speed map of Turkish Empire 1626

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2016-01-13 11:47:53

Lot 617: Author: Speed, John; Title: The Turkish Empire. Newly Augmented by Iohn Speed 1626; Place Published: London; Publisher: G. Humble; Date Published: 1626; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline; with engravings of 5 men and 5 women on the sides, and 8 views of cities at the top. 39.2x51 cm (15½x20").Splendid carte-de-figures map covering the region from Greece across the Middle East , with Arabia, the Black and Caspian Seas, and the Red Sea. Based on Hondius' map of the region, the interior displays mountains, deserts, and numerous towns and villages. Included along the top are eight bird's-eye views of important cities including Damascus, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Rhode, Alexandria, Ormus and Famagusta. Along each side are five full portraits of Greek, Egyptian, Assyrian, Arabian, and Persian men on the left and their wives on the right. With numerous annotations in blank areas giving historical and geographical details. This edition has the imprint of George Humble, published between 1627-32. The English text on verso provides a fascinating contemporary description of the region. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Slight rubbing and darkening along centerfold, repair at bottom of centerfold, a little edge wear; very good or better. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $1500-2500
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