Nova Maris Caspii Et Regionis Usbeck Cum Provincijs adjacentibus vera Delineatio In qua itinera Regia et alia notabiliora accurate denotantur Per A. Maas
|Title||Nova Maris Caspii Et Regionis Usbeck Cum Provincijs adjacentibus vera Delineatio In qua itinera Regia et alia notabiliora accurate denotantur Per A. Maas |
|Detailed view (zoom)||http://content.lib.washington.edu/mapsweb/images/Viewer/G7230_1735_M3.html |
|Century Published||18th century|
|Publication Date||1735 |
|Publisher||Homann Erben (Firm)|
|Place of Publication||Germany--Nuremberg |
|Original Source||Seutter, Matthaeus. "Atlantis Geographicus Maior, " [Grosser Atlas]. Pts. 1 and 2. Nuremberg: Homann Erben, 1734-1781? |
|Descriptive Notes||Copper engraving handcolored with watercolor.|
Relief shown pictorially.
Printed in cartouche in upper right corner:
"Nova Maris Caspii Et Regionis Usbeck Cum Provincijs adjacentibus vera Delineatio In qua itinera Regia et alia notabiliora accurate denotantur Per A. Maas. 1735. Curatibg Homanianis Heredib. Cum Privil. S.C.M."
Printed in lower right corner is a scale for German miles with the above inscription:
"Nota, quarum urbium nomina crassioribus litteris scripta sunt, illas esse cujus libet provinciae capitales. Reductio mappae hujus a majore in hanc minorem formam facta est per Iohannem Petrum van Ghelen. 1735."
Printed along right border beneath title cartouche is a note about Russia:
Printed throughout map are notes on geography.
Written in upper right in ink:
"91 [crossed out] 82."
Written in pencil in upper right corner:
Depicts Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran. Labels area as Persia and Usbek. Includes the Caspian Sea, part of Russia and part of India. Shows pictorial towns, mountains, roads, rivers and lakes. Soundings are shown around the edges of the Caspian Sea. Four figures dressed in European and native dress surround the title cartouche. One man is shown smoking a hookah or water pipe at the lower left.
|Contextual Notes||Abraham Maas was a cartographer. His best known work is this map of the Caspian Sea (Tooley, 406).|
The Caspian Sea had not been accurately depicted until the early eighteenth century. During the third century B.C., a myth existed that the Caspian was actually a gulf. Ptolemy showed the Caspian as landlocked but a later account from the sixth century A.D. brought back the earlier notion of the Caspian as a gulf (Bricker and Tooley, 105). During the early eighteenth century, Peter the Great developed a strong interest in surveys of the Caspian Sea due to his desire to reroute the Amu Darya River so that it would run into the Caspian Sea and benefit the Russian with trade from the rest of Asia and India. A survey managed by Alexander Cherkassky and later Carl Van Verden showed this to be impossible. However, the survey did allow Van Verden to produce an accurate map of the Caspian Sea that was later to be copied by many prominent European cartographers (Howgego, 917).Source(s):
Howgego, Raymond John. "Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800: A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the History and Literature of Exploration, Travel, and Colonization from the Earliest Times to the Year 1800." Potts Point, Australia: Hordern House, 2003.
Tooley, Ronald Vere. "Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers." Hertfordshire: Map Collector Publications Limited, 1979.
Tooley, Ronald Vere and Charles Bricker. "Landmarks of Mapmaking: An Illustrated Survey of Maps and Mapmakers." Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1968.
|Category||Historical Illustrated Scene|
|Location Depicted||Asia, Central|
|Subjects (LCSH)||Caspian Sea-Maps-Early works to 1800.; Uzbekistan-Maps-Early works to 1800. |
|Digital Collection||World and Regional Maps, 16th to the 19th centuries|
|Digital ID Number||MAP059 |
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|Repository||University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections Division.|
|Repository Collection||Rare Map Collection. Atlas 912 At651 (map uncataloged) |
|Physical Description||49 x 58 cm. |
|Condition||Some foxing throughout. Tape repair on verso along top left edge. Library stamp on verso with number 638003. Call number for atlas written in pencil on verso in lower right corner. |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned from original map at 600 dpi in TIFF format, resized and enhanced at 400 ppi using Adobe Photoshop, and imported as JPEG2000 using ContentDM's software JPEG2000 Extension. 2008. |
|References||Tooley, 406. |