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Auction 118, Lot 807

"Tabula Colchidis Hodie Mengrelie", Dapper, Olivier

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1672 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.6 x 11.4 inches
34.5 x 29 cm

An interesting map of the eastern shore of the Black Sea covers the region up to the Caucasus Mountains. A large wall is shown in the mountains owing to a legend of Alexander the Great, who is said to have discovered the evil hordes of Gog and Magog in this region. Alexander, calling upon the power of God, moved the mountains together and built a mighty wall spanning the entire Caucasus range, closing off the civilized south from the forces of darkness. The large title cartouche represents the lucrative trade between Asia and Europe. Published by Jacob van Meurs.


Condition: A

Narrow original margins.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/6/2007