Auction 137, Lot 714

"[Lot of 5] Carte Marine ou est Decrite la Mer Caspienne… [and] La Ville d' Astracan [and 3 Engravings]", Meurs, Jacob van

Subject: Caspian Sea

Period: 1681 (circa)


Color: Black & White

11.5 x 9.3 inches
29.2 x 23.6 cm

This is an early chart of the Caspian Sea based upon Jan Janszoon Struys' work, whose travels took him throughout Asia and Europe. The chart is oriented to the east and there are rhumb lines throughout which originate from a compass rose at image center. There is also nice detail of the coastline, cities and islands in the Caspian. Various figures surround both the title and distance cartouche. North is oriented to the left. In addition to the chart are four engravings, including La Ville d' Astracan and three other unnamed engravings showing various scenes. The engravings measure 7 x 5".


Condition: B

There is some offsetting in the image and light soiling. Binding trim at right has a slight insertion tear just extending past the neatline which has been repaired with archival tape on verso. The four engravings have some light soiling. Issued folded.

Estimate: $400 - $550

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/14/2011