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Stock# 56021
Description

A finely detailed example  Mortier's edition o of Philipe de la Rue's map of Asia Minor also known as the Anatolian peninsula, or the Anatolian plateau, which makes up the majority of modern-day Turkey. 

The map is centered on Ascanius Lacus (Lake Iznik) and details the region bounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Aegean Sea to the west. Armenia and Syria are detailed in the east. The map also includes the islands of Cypress, Crete, Rhodes, Cos, etc.

Fine topographical details are noted throughout the region including mountain ranges, lakes, rivers, pathways, etc. The map also features a decorative cartouche.

Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.