"Nova Maris Caspii et Regionis Usbeck cum Provincijs Adjacentibus Vera Delineatio...", Maas, Abraham
Subject: Caspian Sea, Caucasus, Northern Iran, Central Asia
Period: 1735 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.1 x 19.4 inches
58.7 x 49.3 cm
This elegantly engraved map, a collaboration between Maas and the Homann Heirs, shows the Caspian Sea and its surroundings. It spans from the Volga River south to Kandahar. Political divisions are delineated, several towns and cities are named, roads are traced, and the topography and waterways of the region are rendered in fine detail. The sea itself includes soundings. Numerous encampments are shown in present-day Kazakhstan. The decorative title cartouche features figures that reflect the meeting of Eastern and Western culture in the region.
A crisp impression on watermarked paper with original color, some color offsetting, several damp stains, and a printer's crease at bottom right. There are small chips and short edge tears, mostly concentrated in the bottom blank margin, and toning along the edges of the sheet, well away from image.