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Ortelius’ Map of Turkey, Egypt & Tunis

SKU: 8572

Ortelius’ Map of Turkey, Egypt & Tunis

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Printed Measurement:
32 x 49 cm


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  • Abraham Ortelius
  • Natoliae quae olim Asia Minor nova descriptio / Aegypti recentior descriptio / Carthaginis celeberrimi sinus typus.

    Copper engraving, 32 x 49 cm, three maps on one sheet: Anatolia or modern Turkey, Egypt, Tunis and ancient Carthage; modern hand colour, conjugate wormhole at centrefold, Latin text on verso.

    An engraved historical note on the map of Carthage indicates that nearby Tunis, which is the focus of the map, was captured for Christendom by the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain Charles V in 1535. A version of the truth perhaps, as Charles reinstated the deposed Hafsid Sultan but a Spanish governor resided at Goletta for a generation. The map was first published in 1570, just after the city had fallen into Ottoman hands, and although it was briefly recaptured Tunis had been Ottoman for 20 years by the time our example of the map was published. Van den Broecke 174.2