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Description:This large beautifully engraved hand coloured original antique map of the ancient region of Sarmatia - stretching from Finland, Poland, Russia, Ukraine to central Asia - was engraved by Pierre Mariette in 1649 - the date is engraved in the dedication cartouche - and was published by Nicholas Sanson in his atlas Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde.
Background: The territory of Sarmatia was an expansive stretch of land reaching from the Caspian Sea in the East to the Vistula River in the West, and as far south as the Danube. Essentially, Sarmatia was a collection of independent tribes, much like ancient Germania, that encompassed parts of modern Poland. Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Central Asian nations and into central European countries such as Romania and Poland. The Sarmatian people were a blend of Iranian nomadic horse tribes that were likely related to the Scythians.(Ref:Tooley; Koeman)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - White Age of map color: - Original color Colors used: - Yellow, green, pink General color appearance: - Authentic Paper size: - 27in x 20 1/4in (690mm x 515mm) Plate size: - 19in x 16 1/2in (485mm x 420mm) Margins: - Min 2in (50mm)
Imperfections: Margins: - None Plate area: - None Verso: - None