Auction 147, Lot 598

"Colchis, Iberia, Albania, Quaeq; Caucaslae Gentes, Istmum quod Pontum Euxinum Caspiumq; Mare Interjacet Incolunt", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1667 (dated)

Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.3 inches
49 x 36.3 cm

This attractive map focuses on the region between the Black and Caspian Seas. There is great detail of the mountains, cities and villages. Colchis is the legendary kingdom in the Greek myth wherein Jason and the Argonauts stole the Golden Fleece from King Aeetes. The decorative title cartouche is draped in a sheepskin and flanked by two hunting dogs.

References: Pastoureau, SANSON V B #156.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression on watermarked paper with original outline color and later coloring in cartouche, and light toning along centerfold.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $160

Closed on 11/20/2013