Auction 148, Lot 638

"Tabula Colchidis Hodie Mengrelie", Dapper, Olivier

Subject: Caucasus

Period: 1672 (circa)

Publication: Beschreibung des Konigreichs Persien

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 11.5 inches
35.1 x 29.2 cm

An interesting map of the eastern shore of the Black Sea covering the region up to the Caucasus Mountains. A large wall is shown in the mountains owing to a legend of Alexander the Great, who is said to have discovered the evil hordes of Gog and Magog in this region. Alexander, calling upon the power of God, moved the mountains together and built a mighty wall spanning the entire Caucasus range, closing off the civilized south from the forces of darkness. The large title cartouche represents the lucrative trade between Asia and Europe. Published in Beschreibung des Konigreichs Persien, Dapper's comprehensive treatise on Asia.


Condition: A

A fine impression with attractive color and wide, original margins. There are two printer's creases adjacent to centerfold.

Estimate: $230 - $275

Sold for: $190

Closed on 2/19/2014