De Sales, Jean-Baptiste-Claude Delisle: La Mer Caspienne [The Caspian Sea]
Stock No. 3502MS
Set of four copper-engraved maps of the Caspian in four ages: the earliest age, when the Caspian was joined to other seas; according to Ptolemy (2nd century B.C.); according to Abulfeda, 13th century Kurdish historian; according to Carl van Verden, 18th century Dutch navigator. The last map includes the Aral Sea.
The maps are printed on crisp watermarked laid paper and were published about 1792 or earlier. They have original hand-colouring. Each measures approximately 22 x 30 cms. on large untrimmed sheets about 29 x 45 cms. There is minor foxing on the right-hand side of the third map and one spot in the upper margin of the first. Otherwise they are in fine condition.
De Sales (1741-1816) was a minor French philosopher whose speculations included the age of the earth and of the human race, who was imprisoned for his supposed anti-royalist views. All of the maps produced for his works are scarce.