Paris: Pierre Mariette, 1646.
Map. Engraving with original outline color. Image measures 15.75" x 20". Sheet measures 17" x 22.75".
Map of the Turkish Empire centered on Arabia covering from the Caspian Sea to the horn of Africa. Fine detail throughout with cities, mountains, rivers and forests rendered. Nicolas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the founder of the French school of cartography. In reaction to the prevailing trend of Dutch lavishness, Sanson favored minimal details, focusing rather on accurate cartography than ornament. Pierre Mariette, the elder, was a bookseller, printseller and publisher who worked closely with Sanson. Hand colored title cartouche. Map was framed at one time with the outer margins showing stains from verso tape residue, still a lovely version of this hard-to-find map.