Roman Empire as Divided into East and West (Ancient Rome).
1850 14 x 16 in (35.56 x 40.64 cm)
This magnificent hand colored 1850 map by Spruneri represents the Roman Empire after its division by Constantine into Eastern and Western Empires in 330A.D. A beautiful and highly detailed map of this historically region and period. Truly one of the finest mid 19th century European maps we've seen. All text is in Latin.
Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day.
Plate Marks visible. Nothing on verso. Fine condition without foxing, tears, or age toning.