"[Lot of 2] Theatrum Historicum ad Annum Christi Quadringentesimu in quo tum Imperii Romani tu Barbarorum Circumincolentiu Status ob Oculos Ponitur Pars Occidentalis [and] ... Pars Orientalis", Delisle/Dezauche
Subject: Ancient World
Period: 1780 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
25.7 x 19.2 inches
65.3 x 48.8 cm
This two-sheet map illustrates the Roman Empire in the year 400 AD, and includes all of western Europe, northern Africa, and south-central Asia. The map is flanked by insets showing the modern world in Western and Eastern hemispheres. 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. This is a later edition of the map, published after Dezauche acquired Delisle's plates following Buache's death in 1773.
The western sheet is on paper with the watermark of a Maltese cross encircled in rosary beads. There are some small spots and light dampstaining along the bottom of the map image. The eastern sheet has light spots and a minor dampstain around the centerfold at bottom.