“Turcicum Imperium”. Copper engraving published by Willem and Joan Blaeu in Amsterdam in 1640, as part of his “Le Theatre du Monde, ou Nouvel Atlas”. With original hand colouring. Size: 45,4 x 55,7cm.
The map covers the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power. It extends from Sardinia and Italy in the West to the Black & Caspian Seas in the North and the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and Arabian peninsula in the South.
On top of the map’s title sits sultan Murad IV who reigned over the Ottoman empire from 1623-1640. Under the title a proverb applicable not only to monarchs: “Concord will make small things flourish, discord will destroy great things”.
Price: Euro 825,-