This is a rather uncommon map of the Caspian Sea oeriented with north to the right. There is navigational information, including soundings, anchorages, and bottom types, in the sea, and along the shores, there are plenty of place names and nice topographical detail. The map is adorned with a decorative title cartouche at bottom that feature traders in regional dress. It was published in by Jonas Hanway in Historical Account of British Trade Over the Caspian Sea..., a work chronicling the exploration of the Caspian lead by Captain John Elton, looking for better trade routes to Asia.
1753 Gibson Map of the Caspian Sea
A Plain Chart of the Caspian-Sea, According to the Observations of Capt. John Elton…
Map Maker Specifics
J Gibson, 1753, London
13.8 x 21.5 in. plus margins
Good. Nice strike on thicker laid paper. Slight toning, soiling and a few small splits. A large split in one of the issued folds was expertly closed on verso. Uncolored.