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 Near East 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [An early issue of Ortelius's map of the Turkish Empire]
Turcici Imperii Descriptio. Concordia parue res crecunt, Discordia maxime dilabuntur. Antwerp, 1573, Latin text edition. Coloured. 380 x 510mm.
A fine map of the Turkish Empire, stretching from the Danube to Arabia and around the Mediterranean west to Tripoli in Libya, with a title cartouche supported by two sphinxes. First published in 1570, this plate lasted only a decade: sometime in the course of 1579 the printing plate must have been damaged, as it was replaced by a very similar one with a different title cartouche. VAN DEN BROECKE: 168; TIBBETTS: 35.
[Ref: 17523]    £1,800.00 ($2,560 • €2,068 rates)

DE JODE, Gerard. [16th century map of Eastern Europe to Central Asia]
Primæ Partis Asiae... Antwerp, 1593, Latin text edition. Original colour. 300 x 505mm.
The Ukraine, Turkey and Armenia, Cyprus, Palestine & upper Egypt, northern Arabia, Persia, the Caspian Sea with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Afghanistan. Engraved c.1566-1570, this example comes from the 1593 edition of de Jode's 'Speculum Orbis Terrae', published two years after his death by his widow and son. This was to be the last edition: after the death of Cornelis De Jode in 1600 the plates were bought by Vrients, then the owner of the Ortelius plates, merely to stop their re-issue. Some of the most famous names in cartography of this period appear on this map: De Jode was the great rival of Ortelius, with whom he had a long-running feud; Gastaldi, De Jode's source, is best known for his maps in the 'Lafreri-type' atlases; and Lucas & Jan van Doeticum, the engravers, are renowned for the flair of their work for Waghenaer, Linschoten and Ortelius. KOEMAN: Jod 2.
[Ref: 15731]    £4,750.00 ($6,755 • €5,458 rates)

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Early sea chart of the Middle East]
Deliniantur in hac tabula, Orae maritimae Abexiae freti Mecani: al. Maris Rubri: Arabiae, Ormi, Persiae.. Amsterdam, c.1596. 390 x 540mm, with unusually generous margins.
A highly decorative map, engraved by Henricus van Langren for Linschoten's Itinerario, a manual for sailing to the East Indies, based on Linschoten's own experiences. It displays all the features that made this period the golden age of decorative cartography: the titles, in Latin and Dutch, are within a strapwork cartouche, also including the scales; across the Indian Ocean is a large, finely-engraved compass rose, surmounted by a fruit garland; sea-monsters and galleons fill the seas, while a lion, elephant and camel appear in Arabia, and just south of Delhi are a pair of unicorns. The map shows Cyprus top left, Bokhara and Samarkand top right, Sumatra bottom right and Ethiopia bottom left, with Delhi, Bahrain and Kabul named. All are synonymous with the famed riches of the East, the inspiration for the Itinerario. TIBBETS: 46.
[Ref: 17696]    £7,000.00 ($9,954 • €8,043 rates)

HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Early 17th Century map of the Turkish Empire]
Turcicum Imperium. Arnhem, c.1607, Latin text edition. 150 x 185mm, set in text.
The Turkish Empire, engraved by Jodocus Hondius for his reduced version of the Mercator/Hondius 'Atlas Minor' of 1607. In 1621 the printing plates were sold to a London publisher: later Dutch editions used new plates by Jansson.
[Ref: 11990]    £300.00 ($427 • €345 rates)

HOLE, William. [A map of the lands mentioned in the Old Testament]
[Untitled map of the Middle East] London, c. 1614. Coloured. 330 x 395mm.
Map showing the settlement of the eastern mediterranean and the Levant after the flood. Babylon with the Tower of Babel pictured at the centre. William Hole engraved maps for Raleigh’s history of the world.
[Ref: 15254]    £300.00 ($427 • €345 rates)

NABERAT, Anne de. [The Knights Hospitallers' castle at Margat in Syria]
Marcat. Paris: Jean Baudoin, c.1629. 200 x 270mm. Window mounted in old paper.
A view of Marcat and the nearby town of Valenia, engraved by Raignauld for Anne de Nabarat's French translation of Giacamo Bosio's 'History of the Sacred Religion and Illustrious Militia of St John of Jerusalem'.
[Ref: 15117]    £780.00 ($1,109 • €896 rates)

JANSSON, Jan. [17th century map of the Turkish Empire]
Turcicum Imperium. Amsterdam, 1636, German text edition. Fine original colour. 410 x 520mm. Pagination corrected with ink manuscript.
An early example of the The Turkish Empire, stretching from the Balkans to Arabia. While coastal outlines and towns are detailed on the map, much of interior regions remain conjecture by the European mapmakers at this time. The title appears in a bold surround at lower left surmounted by a figure in traditional dress and flanked by allegorical figures of power TIBBETTS: 87; KOEMAN: Me 46.
[Ref: 17070]    £900.00 ($1,280 • €1,034 rates)

MERIAN, Mattheus. [17th century map of the Turkish Empire]
Turcicum Imperium. Türckische Reÿch. Frankfurt, c.1650. Coloured with gold highlights. 280 x 360mm. A very fine example
The Turkish Empire, covering the eastern Mediterranean, northern Africa and Arabia. Featuring a fine title cartouche at the bottom left surmounted by a Turkish Sultan with a pair of mythological figures either side
[Ref: 15066]    £550.00 ($782 • €632 rates)

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of The Turkish Empire]
Tvrcici Imperii Descriptio. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of the Turkish Empire. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14682]    £150.00 ($213 • €172 rates)

SPEED, John. [John Speed's 17th Century map of the Turkish Empire]
The Turkish Empire. London: Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm. A few minor repairs, top margins reinstated
Speed's classic map of the Turkish Empire, with ten costume vignettes down the sides and eight city prospects, including Constantinople, Jerusalem and Alexandria, along the top. On the verso a description of the Turkish Empire and the religious habits of its people. It was published in Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', the first atlas of the world to be published in England, so illustrating the Ottoman Empire for the first time. A classic collector's item TIBBETTS: 77.
[Ref: 18226]    £2,500.00 ($3,555 • €2,873 rates)

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