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Description De L'Empire Du Sophi Des Perses ...

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Description De L'Empire Du Sophi Des Perses ... : N. Sanson / P. Mariette

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A detailed map of Persia by the leading French mapmaker of the seventeenth century. The map shows the country extending from present-day Iraq to the Indus, thus covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the time of Safavid dynasty, at the beginning of modern Persia. The Safavid ruling dynasty was founded by Shah Ismail. He went on a campaign of conquest, and following the capture of Tabriz in July 1501, he enthroned himself as the Shah of Azerbaijan and proclaimed Shi'ism the official religion of his domain. The greatest of the Safavid monarchs, Shah Abbas I the Great, came to power in 1587. Abbas I expanded commercial links with the English East India Company and the Dutch East India Company. Thus Abbas I was able to break the dependence on the Qizilbash for military might and therefore was able to centralize control. The Safavid dynasty then became a major power in the region along with the Ottoman Empire. Under their rule Persian architecture flowered once more with Isfahan as the most notable example. A most attractive map with a cartouche notable for the quality and subject of its engraving.
mapmakers: N. Sanson   P. Mariette  
place and date of publication: Paris c.1660
medium and colour: copperplate, Original outline colour
size in mm: 390 by 520mm (15.25 by 20.5 inches).
ref: 41590

Price: £ 520£ 312

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