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Mid-17th century map of the Ottoman Empire with various Arabian cartographic myths.

Place/Date: Paris / 1646
$750.
Title: Carte Généralle de l’Empire du Turc
Dimensions
56 x 44.5 cm (22 x 17.5 in)
Identifier
NL-00734
Coloring
Hand color
Condition Rating
VG

Description

This fine map depicts the Ottoman Empire in an era of transformation — after the so-called classical age which immediately followed the 1453 conquest of Constantinople, but before the era of decline seen in the 18th century.

The cartography of Arabia is similar to other 17th century French maps, with an array of fictitious lakes and mountain ranges located in the interior of the peninsula. There is no real Sinai Peninsula to speak of, and thus no Gulf of Aqaba.

Cartographer(s)

Pierre Mariette

Pierre Mariette was part of a long-established and highly successful family of engravers, book publishers and print sellers in Paris.

Condition Description

Soiling and some scattered spots; wear along the margins. Map image very nice.

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