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Auction 173, Lot 389

"The Caspian Sea Drawn by the Czar's Special Command by Carl van Verden in the Year 1719. 1720 and 1721", Moll, Herman

Subject: Caspian Sea

Period: 1729 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Black & White

8.2 x 10.5 inches
20.8 x 26.7 cm

This small map of the Caspian Sea gives good detail of the western coastline with numerous place names as well as depth soundings. Three inset views depict the cities of Derbent, Astrakhan, and Terky, a city along the Terek River. A lettered key at left details the variations of the compass at several locations within the Caspian Sea. A note at right gives information on the Caspian Sea, explaining that the sea never ebbs or flows and that there are likely subterranean passages between the sea and other rivers.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.MOLL-9a #29.

Condition: A

A dark impression on watermarked paper with marginal toning.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/5/2019