"Mer Noire ou Mer Maievre", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Black Sea
Period: 1665 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
9.4 x 7 inches
23.9 x 17.8 cm
Small, attractive map of the lands surrounding the Black Sea showing major cities and rivers, including portions of present-day Turkey, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the Sea of Azov. Decorated with a strapwork title cartouche. This is an early state without the engraved border.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON VII B .
Original outline color with later coloring in the cartouche, on paper with bunch of grapes watermark and wide margins. There is faint toning along the centerfold and two small holes in top blank margin, away from image.