RHODE, Johann Christoph (1713-1786)
Partes confines Trium Magnorum Imperiorum Austriaci Russici et Osmanici
[Berlin: Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences], 1785. Engraved case map, full period hand colouring, dissected and linen-backed as issued. Housed in period green morocco backed case, with armorial bookplate of the Borghese family. Sheet size: 38x54 inches.
Highly-detailed 18th century large-scale map of the Black Sea region: fine example from the celebrated library of the Borghese family.
Centered on the Black Sea, this map depicts the region from the Ionian Sea in the west, to as far eastward as the western edge of the Caspian Sea, as far south as Cyprus and as far north as just above Tsaritsyn (i.e. Volgograd), taking in much of southeastern Europe (Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, etc.), all of Turkey, Georgia and parts of Ukraine and Russia. Rhode served as geographer of the Royal Russian Academy of Sciences from 1752 until his death. The present map was accomplished in the midst of the Austro-Turkish and Russo-Turkish wars, between the Austrian and Ottoman Empires.
On the slip case is the engraved bookplate of the library of the Borghese Princes, with their coat of arms: "Ex libris M. A. Principis Burhesii." Camillo Filippo Ludovico (1775-1832), Prince Borghese and son of Marco-Antonio III (1730-1800), married Napoleon's sister, Pauline, in 1803.