C1639

Turcici Imperii Imago.

Superb c.17th map of the Middle East extending from north Africa to Russia. French text edition of this famous map of the Middle East published by Hondius in the Mercator’s atlas. There is a very elaborate title surrounded by a … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Turcici Imperii Imago.

Date:

C1639

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

488mm 
x 363mm

Paper Size: 

565mm 
x 455mm
AUTHENTICITY
Turcici Imperii Imago. - Antique Map from 1639

Genuine antique
dated:

1639

Description:

Superb c.17th map of the Middle East extending from north Africa to Russia.

French text edition of this famous map of the Middle East published by Hondius in the Mercator’s atlas. There is a very elaborate title surrounded by a strap work  design with a circular portrait of Mehmed II on top and a scale of distances at bottom.  Mehmed II was Ottoman Sultan who ruled from August 1444 to September 1446, and then later from February 1451 to May 1481. In Mehmed II’s first reign, he defeated the crusade led by János Hunyadi. When Mehmed  I ascended the throne again in 1451 he strengthened the Ottoman navy and made preparations to attack Constantinople. At the age of 21, he conquered Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and brought an end to the Byzantine Empire. Mehmed continued his conquests in Anatolia with its reunification and in Southeast Europe as far west as Bosnia. The shape of the Arabian Peninsula is corrected and the large lake [Laghi Adaia] east of Aden becomes an inlet of the sea.

From Hondius’s,  Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati figura.

References:
Kroght, P. Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam 1997. Nine volumes.: [8100:1B.1], pg.291.
Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam 1967. Volumes I-V: Me91-Me103.
Tibbetts, G. Arabia in Early Maps. Cambridge 1978: (62), p.63, ill. 7.
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973: 422.


Collections:
State Library New South Wales: MMS ID 991021127039702626

Jodocus Hondius I (1563 - 1612)

Hondius senior was born in Wakken and grew up in Ghent. He was an engraver, instrument maker and globe maker. In 1584 he moved to London to escape the religious persecution in Flanders. In 1593 he moved to Amsterdam and the publisher Cornelis Claesz. in 1604 he purchased the engraving plates for the Mercator's Atlas. Hondius republished Mercator's work with 36 additional maps, including several which he himself had produced. Despite the addition of his own contributions, Hondius gave Mercator full credit as the author of the work, listing himself as the publisher. Hondius' new edition of Mercator's work was a great success. From 1605 and 1610 he engraved the maps for John Speed's, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine. After his death, the business was continued by his widow, two sons, Jodocus II and Henricus, and son-in-law Johannes Janssonius, whose name appears on the Atlas after 1633.

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