"Carte de la Mer Caspiene Distinguee Suivant les Differentes Representations des Geographes tant Anciens que Modernes Jointes a Celle de sa Majeste Czariene", Liebaux, Jean Baptiste
Subject: Caspian Sea
Period: 1723 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
11.8 x 9.3 inches
30 x 23.6 cm
This interesting engraving shows how the depiction of the Caspian Sea on maps changed over time. The most recent shape of the Caspian Sea is shown at center, as drawn by geographer Carl van Verden on behalf of his Majesty the Czar. Various dotted lines show the proposed shapes from various geographers, including those by Ptolemy, Arab Prince Abulfeda, Jean Struys, and Delisle. A very uncommon map.
The original sheet has been trimmed and pasted onto a new sheet of paper (with a bunch of grapes watermark) for inclusion in a composite atlas. There is some soiling in the image at bottom left.