1657. [Amsterdam?: c. 1657].
7 x 9.25 inches. Framed, hand colored map, frame lightly scuffed, map in very good condition. Not examined out of frame.
§ A detailed map of the Middle East, first published by Nicholas Sanson in 1657. “Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the father of French cartography in its golden age from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth. Over the course of his career he produced over 300 maps; they are known for their clean style and extensive research. The name Biscia is of perhaps greatest historical note. This would seem to be an early printed appearance of the name “Bishita,” a name which dates back to the 8th and 9th Centuries, when it appeared in Eastern Syriatic documents of the Old Testament, “referencing the prosperity of the ‘Bayt Qatarya’ region.” (see, Khalid Al-Jaber, Media In Qatar, Katara (Publishing House 2021), p. 23). Sanson was the Royal Geographer to the King of France and perhaps the most important commercial mapmaker of his generation.” (Barry Ruderman Collection). Item #124257