"Theatrum Historicum ad Annum Christi Quadringentesimu in quo tum Imperii Romani tu Barbarorum Circumincolentiu Status ob Oculos Ponitur Pars Occidentalis", Delisle/Dezauche
Subject: Europe, Roman Empire
Period: 1780 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.6 x 19.1 inches
65 x 48.5 cm
This is the western sheet of this historical two-sheet map illustrating the Roman Empire in the year 400 AD. It covers all of western Europe and a large portion of northern Africa. The map is derived from Delisle's map of 1705 and is flanked at top left by an inset showing the Western Hemisphere. It is filled with extensive notations, including one indicates that a gold coin stamped with the effigy of Augustus Caesar was found in an American gold mine, confirming the probability that the Roman penetrated as far as the New World.
On a watermarked sheet with an extraneous crease running parallel to the centerfold and a couple of short printer's creases at bottom center. There are several short edge tears confined to the blank margins, one of which has been repaired with old paper at top left.