This is the left side only from a double page map sheet that contained two smaller maps at the right. This half features a well engraved map of Turkey which is oriented with the north to the left. The map is derived from the extremely rare map of Giacomo Gastaldi as published by Paolo Forlani in Venice 1564. It depicts the whole of Asia Minor or present day Turkey in excellent detail and includes the important islands of Cyprus, Rhodes and Crete. It was published in the first edition of Abraham Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ in 1570, the first modern atlas. This example was issued in the Latin text edition of 1579 with the pagination 88 to the verso. Van den Broecke 174a; refer Woodward ‘The Maps and Prints of Paolo Forlani’ 26.01; Zacharakis, C. 1613.