"Colchis, Iberia, Albania, quaeq; Caucasiae Gentes, Istmum quod Pontum Euxinum Caspiumq; Mare Interjacet Incolunt...", Sanson/Mariette
Period: 1667 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.4 inches
49 x 36.6 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 .
Original outline color in the map with later color in the cartouche on paper with a large coat of arms watermark and scattered foxing. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet and a couple of tiny tears also along the edges.