"Tartaria d Europa Overo Piccola Tartaria...", Cantelli da Vignola/de Rossi
Subject: Ukraine, Russia & Caucasus
Period: 1684 (dated)
Publication: Mercurio Geografico…
Color: Hand Color
21.7 x 17 inches
55.1 x 43.2 cm
This rare map of the Ukraine extends south to Istanbul, north to Moscow, and east to the Caspian Sea. The map is filled with information on towns, political boundaries, rivers, mountains, and forested areas. The large allegorical title cartouche represents the numerous conflicts waged in the region, with warriors on horseback carrying swords, spears, and bows and arrows. The map was created by Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola, a cartographer from Modena, Italy who worked on many maps in Giovanni Giacomo de Rossi's atlas, Mercurio Geografico. Engraved by Vincenzo Mariotti.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.ROSS-1b #55.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with original outline color in map and later color in cartouche. There is a stain along centerfold at top caused by the use of non-archival tape on verso, and there is one small crack caused by the oxidation of the original green pigment that has been professionally reinforced on verso. There are light soiling, a faint damp stain that enters 2.5" into map at bottom, and very narrow top and bottom margins.