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Auction 138, Lot 651

"Derbent, een stadt gelegen aen de Kaspische Zee / Derbent, Atropatiae, sive Minoris Mediae urbs…", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Derbent, Russia

Period: 1702 (circa)

Publication: Hecatompolis, sive Totius Orbis Terrarum…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
10 x 8.5 inches
25.4 x 21.6 cm

This is a rare view of Derbent from Schenk's important town atlas. Located on the Caspian Sea, Derbent is the southern-most city in Russia, and claims to be the oldest city in Russia. The Latin title at bottom mentions the legendary Gates of Alexander, a barrier supposedly built by Alexander the Great in the Caucasus to keep the uncivilized barbarians of the north from invading the land to the south.

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Condition: A

Marginal soiling.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 12/7/2011

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