Auction 140, Lot 637

"Taurica Chersonesus nostra Aetate Przecopsca, et Gazara Dicitur", Mercator, Gerard

Subject: Ukraine

Period: 1609 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15.8 x 12.3 inches
40.1 x 31.2 cm

Mercator's fine map of the region north of the Black sea encompasses the Crimea and the southern steppes of Ukraine. This map served as the basis of most other cartographer's depictions of the region throughout the seventeenth century. The interior is filled with large forests and mountains with little information on settlements except along the rivers. It is embellished with small strapwork title cartouches. French text on verso.

References: Vavrichin et al, p. 140-41; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1890:1A.1.

Condition: B+

Original color and wide margins on watermarked paper with light toning and minor creasing along the centerfold. There is discoloration in the blank margins due to the use of non-archival tape on verso, far from map image.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 5/23/2012