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Description: This beautiful, old original antique map* of The Turkish Empire in Europe, Africa & Asia centering on Saudi Arabia by Jan Jansson was published in the 1638 Latin edition for Mercator's Atlas by both Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson.
Background: This is the standard 17th century view of the Turkish Empire, including the Balkans in south-eastern Europe, the North African littoral, the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula in addition to the area of Modern Turkey & Persia. Much of the place name information on this map is derived from the maps published in 1561 by the Italian mapmaker, Giacomo Gastaldi, whose maps exercised great influence over later European mapmakers, throughout the 17th century. Formidable though the barrier presented by the Turkish Empire in the Near East was, by the early years of the 17th century it was beginning to show signs of decadence and weakness, especially after the defeat of the Turkish navy at the hands of the combined Christian forces of Western Europe at the battle of Lepanto in 1571, from which Turkish naval power never fully recovered. Centered on the palace of the Sultans at Constantinople, the administration of the empire was passed down through local rulers, the Beys, Deys and Pashas, who never lost an opportunity to enrich themselves and to develop often considerable powers of their own. Further defeats of the Turks occurred in 1669 when Candia (Crete) was taken by the Venetians, and in 1683 when they suffered a humiliating defeat outside Wien (Vienna) at the north-western extremity of European Turkey. (Ref: Suraz; Koeman; M&B; Tooley)
Condition Report: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Early & Later Colors used: - Yellow, pink, green General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 22 1/2in x 19in (570mm x 485mm) Plate size: - 21in x 16 1/2in (530mm x 420mm) Margins: - Min 1/2in (12mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - Several small repairs to margins, no loss Plate area: - Centerfold re-joined light uplift along centerfold, light age toning Verso: - Repairs as noted