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1640 circa Matthaus Merian
$ 395.00

Scarce map of the Persian Empire showing the area that is now Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq with a portion of Oman near the Persian Gulf.

The Sinus Persicus is remarkable distorted.

The cities and mountains are graphically depicted and a beautiful figurative cartouche adorns the map. 

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.