"Fragment de la Carte Theodosienne, publiee a Venise en 1591 par Marc Velser, & connue sous le nom Carte de Peutinger…", Diderot, Denis
Period: 1760 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
23.5 x 16.4 inches
59.7 x 41.7 cm
This is a very unusual engraving depicting part of a Roman road map of the world. The original parchment document was found by Konrad Celtes in a library in Augsburg, came into the hands of Konrad Peutinger and later went to his relative Mark Welser who was the first to publish a copy of it in 1591 at Aldus Manutius in Venice. Ortelius then published a complete set in 1598, called the Peutinger Tables, which is how they became popularized. The decorative map is shown as a long scroll with Rome at the far left and the roads extending through southern Italy and Sicily. French text both above and below the map.
Toning in margins and a tiny tear in bottom margin repaired with archival tape.