"Taurica Chersonesus Nostra Aetate Przecopsca et Gazara Dicitur", Mercator/Hondius
Period: 1619 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae
Color: Hand Color
15.9 x 12.4 inches
40.4 x 31.5 cm
Mercator's fine map of the region north of the Black sea encompasses the Crimea and the southern steppes of Ukraine. This map served as the basis of most other cartographer's depictions of the region throughout the seventeenth century. The interior is filled with large forests and mountains with little information on settlements except along the rivers. It is embellished with small strapwork title cartouches. French text on verso.
References: Vavrichin et al, p. 140-41; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #1890:1A.1.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with a small coat of arms watermark, an archivally repaired centerfold separation and tear both confined to the bottom blank margin, and light creasing along the left edge of the sheet.