Coloured map of the Ottoman Empire. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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Beautifully coloured antique map of the Ottoman Empire from the 1633 French edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas Major, published by Henricus Hondius and Johannes Janssonius. The geographical scope covers modern-day Turkey, the Balkans, Greece, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and North Africa. Ornately adorned in superb hand color, the map showcases principal cities in red and provides labels for kingdoms beyond the empire, accompanied by concise Latin descriptions.

The Black Sea and the Caspian Sea are named through various sources, including Greek, Roman, and Turkish. The map's far right delves into the Ottoman relationship with neighboring kingdoms like Persia and Ormus. Beneath the Ottoman province of Egypt, a note introduces the kingdom of Tigremaon, described as a Christian nation, reflecting contemporary beliefs and accounts of the legendary patriarch Prester John.

In the bottom left corner, an elaborate strapwork cartouche dominates, enclosing the title, information on the map's meridian, a scale in German and Italic miles, and a large portrait roundel featuring Mehmed II, also known as Mehmet the Conqueror. Mehmed II is renowned for capturing Constantinople in AD 1453, a historical event depicted with reverence on this visually rich and informative map.


CartographerJodocus Hondius
TitleTurcici Imperii Imago
Publisher, YearH. Hondius, Amsterdam, 1633
Plate Size36.0 x 48.2 cm (14.2 x 19.0 inches)
Sheet Size47.7 x 55.2 cm (18.8 x 21.7 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8100:1A.


Very good condition.


Jodocus Hondius was born 1563 in Wakken (West Flanders). He became a globe maker and map engraver. In 1593 he set up his business in Amsterdam after he spent several years in London. He was one of the most important engravers of his time and engraved maps for van den Keere, Waghenaer and Speed. Hondius bought the plates of Mercator in 1604, added around 40 maps and published the expanded Mercator-Atlas first 1606 still under Mercator's name. After his death 1612 in Amsterdam, the business was carried out by his sons Jodocus II and Henricus.

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Coloured map of the Ottoman Empire. Printed in Amsterdam by H. Hondius in 1633.

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