"Nova ac Verissima Maris Caspii ante hac Maximam fere Partem Nobis Incogniti, ac Regionum Adjacentium Delineatio…", Ottens, Reiner and Joshua
Subject: Caspian Sea
Period: 1723 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23.6 x 19 inches
59.9 x 48.3 cm
Bold map of the Caspian Sea and the immediate surroundings. A central compass rose orients this map with north to the left. The name of this important sea is shown in several languages and a passage of text is included from the classical geographer Pomponius Mela. The major trading ports and roads are well depicted. The decorative title cartouche attributes Reiner Otten and a smaller imprint at bottom left notes that the map was published by the widow of Joachim Ottens, who died in 1719.
A sharp impression with lovely contemporary color in the map and later color in the cartouche on a sheet with an "IH" (or "HI"?) watermark. There is faint offsetting.