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Lot#       Title   Subject/Creator   Date/Cond   Sold for:    
694 Asiae Nova Descriptio Asia
Jodocus Hondius
1610
A+
  $1,100.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 20 x 14.8 inches)

This excellent map of Asia was Hondiusí update of Mercatorís map of 1595. Though it corrected many of Mercatorís errors, the map still has many interesting early depictions. Korea is shown as a very long island. Japan is depicted on the Ortelius-Teixeria model with three principal islands. In India, the Gulf of Cambay is very exaggerated but the shape of Ceylon has been improved. The mythical...
695 Asia Asia
Jan Jansson
1631
A
  $200.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 7.8 x 5.6 inches)

A small version of Hondius' important map of the continent and the East Indies. Korea appears as an island, an exaggerated Gulf of Cambay distorts the Indian subcontinent, the southern coastline of Java is blank, and in the extreme east is Americae Pars. Strapwork title and scale of miles cartouches. Although engraved by Goos, this strongly resembles Pieter van den Keere's configuration ...
696 Asia Antiqua cum finitimis Africae et Europae Regionibus Asia
Nicolas Blankaart
1652
B+
  $475.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 21.8 x 18 inches)

This interesting map of historical Asia was intended to represent the region as it was known in antiquity. While the continental outline reflects mostly contemporary cartography, there are some distortions particularly in Southeast Asia where Borneo is severely truncated, only Palawan (Palohan) of the Philippines is represented, and a partial coastline is delineated on Java (which is unnam...
697 Asia Multis in locis Dei Matrem colit' Asia
Scherer
1700
B+
  $200.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 14 x 9 inches)

This precisely engraved map locates the Jesuit missions throughout Asia. Extends from the Red Sea to the Philippines to include Indo-China and the East Indies. Decorative vignette at right with a religious theme including Adam and Eve dallying about an apple tree. With a monument-style title cartouche below with three distance scales incorporated at the bottom. Two sailing ships decorate.
698 L'Asie selon les Nouvelles Observations' Asia
Pieter van der Aa
1713
B+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 26.3 x 18.5 inches)

The main focus of this important and scarce map of Asia is the delineation of the northeast part of the continent from Jesuit sources. The northeast coast is severely truncated with the discoveries of Nicolas Witsen shown, and the partial coastlines of Jesso and Compagnies Land are depicted to the north of Japan. Inset in the North Pacific is a map of that same region based on the ...
699 Recentissima Asiae Delineatio, qua Imperia, Ejus Regna et Status Unacum Novissimis Russorum Asia
Johann Christoph Homann
1730
B+
  $375.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 22.3 x 19 inches)

This map is a revision of the elder Homann's Asian map of circa 1712. The most important innovation is the addition of a huge Kamchatka Peninsula labeled Kamtzadalia Sinis Jeso with the southern tip marked Kurilorum Regio - an early reference to the Kuril Islands. Japan is separated from the Kamchatka Peninsula by a cluster of smaller islands. East of this archipelago, and separat...
700 Asia Verferliget' Asia
Johann Georg Schreiber
1741
A
  $110.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 7.5 x 6.3 inches)

Interesting small map of the continent and South East Asia. Japan appears as a large single island incorporating Terra Yedso, and Compagnie Land is still shown to the east of Japan. The decorative title cartouche depicts merchants and exotic animals. A panel of German text to right of map describes the major empires.
701 Asia Secundum Legitimas Projectionis Stereographicae' Asia
Haas/Homann Heirs
1744
A
  $650.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 21.3 x 18.5 inches)

The extent of European knowledge of the region is vividly depicted on this 18th century map of the continent and the East Indies. The work of the Jesuit missionaries is reflected in the well-documented region of China. Kamchatka has been reduced to its proper size from Johan Christoph Homann's earlier map, while Siberia is clearly based on Russian surveys that were published in the early 1730's....
702 Carte d'Asie, dressee sur les Memoires Envoyez par le Czar' Asia
Jean Covens & Corneille Mortier
1750
A+
  $200.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 24 x 19.3 inches)

This is an updated version of Delisle's great map of 1723 with significant improvements in the northeast coast, reflecting the surveys of Vitus Bering between 1725 and 1749. The northeast tip of the continent is shown in an inset. An extraordinary number of islands are shown throughout the Western Pacific and East Indies.
703 [Lot of 5] L'Asie [and] ' Partie Superieure L'Inde en Deca du Gange' [and] ' Partie Inferieure de l'Inde [and] Les Isles Philippines' Laos [and] L'Empire de la Chine' Asia
Rigobert Bonne
1779
A
  $150.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 12.5 x 8.5 inches)

Nice set of Asian maps engraved by Andre. Each shows the directions of the trade winds and includes several different distances scales. The map of the continent of Asia includes all of South East Asia and also shows the new Russian discoveries in the North Pacific with a group of islands labeled Archipel du Nord. The map of northern India includes an inset of the Ganges Delta. The map o...
704 Asia Asia
Daniel Lizars
1845
B+
  $100.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 34.5 x 15 inches)

This large Scottish produced map is a spectacular engraving of the entire continent on two sheets, both are two joined sheets with their own border. The title is only on the upper sheet. Size given is for each map, which if joined would be 34.5 x 30". Extends south to show Ceylon and the Philippines as well as most of the Malaysian peninsula. Interesting detail includes the Great Wall, and "Fat...
705 Asie Asia
Victor Levasseur
1850
A
  $150.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 17.3 x 11.3 inches)

The decorative border of this map features Adam and Eve seated in a garden, with wild animals, and costumed figures in landscapes within a series of oval vignettes, surrounded by garlands of flowers with fruit. A population chart at right totals 638,550,000 for the entire continent of Asia. It was illustrated by the French painter, Raymond Bonheur.
706 Tartaria Northern Asia
Jodocus Hondius
1606
B+
  $600.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 19.3 x 13.5 inches)

This splendid map covers all of northern Asia from Moscow to the Anian Fretum and Americae Pars. Korea is shown as an island. Illustrations include the Great Wall in China, rivers, villages, mountains etc. The newly discovered northern coastline of Nova Zembla is shown with a notation concerning the Dutch expedition led by Willem Barents in 1594-96. An interesting notation in Si...
707 Tartaria Northern Asia
Mercator/Jansson
1628
A
  $100.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 7.4 x 5.7 inches)

Charming small map of the northern region of Asia fully engraved with mountains, forests, and towns. It includes part of China and the island form of Korea. The Anian Fretium separates Asia from Americae Pars, the Pacific Northwest coast of America. The map is adorned with decorative title and scale of miles cartouches. Engraved by Petrus Kaerius, with French text on the verso.
708 Nieuwe Kaart van Tartarie, Na de alderlaaste ondekking int ligt gebragt Northern Asia
Isaac Tirion
1760
A+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 13.8 x 11 inches)

This is a very handsome and detailed chart of the northern regions of Asia reflecting the recent discoveries in Kamchatka by Witsen with the icy cape Kaap Suetoinos, which was believed to render it impossible to sail round the north-eastern tip of Asia. Compagnie Land is shown off the southern coast of Kamchatka. Title in block style and a small compass rose decorates the chart.
709 Carte des Parties Nord et Est de l'Asie' Northern Asia and Western North America
Gilles Robert de Vaugondy
1772
B+
  $95.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 15 x 12 inches)

This unusual map details the northern coastline of Russia (including Finland), the eastern coast of Asia to below Nanking, and a bit of the coast of America called Anian. Inset into the map are four small maps of the western part of North America: I - Features the entire western coast with Japan just a short distance offshore; II - Focuses on Nova Granada showing the Mexican coast o...
710 A New and Accurate Map of the Whole Russian Empire, as contained both in Europe and Asia' Russian Empire
Thomas Kitchin
1775
B+
  $110.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 17.3 x 13.5 inches)

Lovely map of the Russian Empire with a fair amount of detail and decorated with a large title cartouche. An ambiguous coastline appears in the region of Alaska with the notation that it is Land seen by Mr. Tshirikow in 1741.
711 Partie Orientale de l'Empire de Russie en Asie' Russia in Asia
Robert de Vaugondy/Santini
1784
A
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 23 x 19 inches)

This map of Asiatic Russia covers the region from Tomsk eastward to include the Kamchatka and Sakhalin. The highly detailed map also extends southwest to the Gobi Desert. In the upper left corner is a notation explaining that distance scales were not possible because of the northerly conic projection used. A decorative rococo-style title cartouche fills the lower right corner. Published by Rem...
712 The Russian Empire, in Europe & Asia, with the Northern Discoveries between Asia & North America Russian Empire
Thomas Bowen
1785
A
  $80.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 17.8 x 12.5 inches)

This uncommon map covers the whole of the Russian Empire but emphasizes the Asian regions. Particular attention is focused on the recent discoveries in the Bering Sea (here labeled Sea of Kamtschatka). An island archipelago appears off Kamtschatka that is likely part of the Aleutian Islands, but they are placed too close to the Asian continent. Novaya Zemlya is shown as a single large island.
713 Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludouico Georgio China
Abraham Ortelius
1584
A
  $5,000.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 18.7 x 14.5 inches)

This landmark map is the first European printed map of China. It provides a fascinating view of the mysterious orient from a Renaissance perspective. Ortelius based the map on the work of Jorge de Barbuda, a Portuguese Jesuit also known as Ludovicus Georgius, whose manuscript map reached Ortelius by way of Arias Montanus. The depiction, which became the standard image of China for over half a c...
714 China Regio Asie China
Ortelius/Marchetti
1598
B+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 4 x 3 inches)

This is the miniature version of Ortelius' important map focusing on China. The map is oriented with north to the right and extends to include parts of Indo-China. The Great Wall is prominently delineated and several huge lakes and rivers dominate the interior. Pietro Maria Marchetti produced the second pocket atlas based on Abraham Ortelius' folio Theatrum. It is often referred to as th...
715 Amacao Macao, China
Theodore de Bry
1607
A+
  $1,100.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 13 x 10 inches)

The main buildings and sites of the Portuguese settlement at Macao are visible in this rare, early view. Macao, the first European colony in China, was established by the Portuguese in about 1557 at the south-west entrance to the Pearl River estuary. Macao quickly became a strategic stronghold for European voyages and remained a principal focal point of European voyages in the Far East and Pacif...
716 Habillement de l'Empereur de la Chine & des Dames de son Palais avec quelques usages & coutumes observees en ca pais Costumes - China
Henry Abraham Chatelain
1705
A
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 17 x 14.8 inches)

Beautifully engraved folio sheet with a three panel engraving featuring the Chinese Emperor flanked by two of his lovely concubines. The engravings are particularly interesting because they depict the elaborate interior furnishings of the palace and fine clothing of the royal class. Panels of French text below, "Tom: V. No. 51. Pag: 140" above right.
717 China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame Dicta China, Korea & Japan
Blaeu Family
1640
A
  $1,400.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 19.5 x 16 inches)

This elegant map of the region includes the eastern part of China (bounded in the west by the Great Wall), Korea as a strangely shaped island, and the three main islands of Japan. The imaginary Chiamay Lacus is located in the southern region with numerous rivers flowing south into India and Siam. A fine title cartouche flanked by Chinese figures, a richly embellished coat of arms (dedicat...
718 Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio China, Korea & Japan
Philipp Cluver
1694
B+
  $150.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 10 x 8 inches)

Early map based on the important Martini/Blaeu map of the Chinese Empire. It shows a fair number of provinces and cities named in the interior. The Great Wall is depicted along the northern border. A large fictitious interior lake labeled Kia Lacus is the source of five large, southern rivers. Parts of Japan and Laos are shown, as are Formosa and Korea.
719 La Partie Orientale de l'Asie ou se Trouvent le Grand Empire des Tartares Chinois et Celuy du Iapon China, Korea & Japan
Nicholas de Fer
1705
A+
  $200.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 13 x 9 inches)

This uncommon map is based on Jesuit missionary reports and is filled with historical and geographical notations. The map extends through Mongolia to the Ob River and Lake Baykal. The Great Wall and a road from Pekim (Beijing) to Narin (Narym) are among the details.
720 [Japanese Woodblock Almanac] China, Korea & Japan
Anonymous
1820
B+
  $190.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 3.5 x 6.3 inches)

This is a terrific Japanese produced Almanac published for 1820. It contains full page maps of Taiwan, Chosen (Korea), the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa), and more. Filled with Japanese calligraphy, woodblock prints, charts and tables. Blue paper covers with one original paper label, string ties, 74pp.
721 Isola del Giapone e Penisola di Corea Korea & Japan
Vicenzo Maria Coronelli
1692
A+
  $2,100.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 23.8 x 17.8 inches)

This magnificent map of Japan and Korea is based on the Blaeu/Martini map with the place names translated into French from Dutch. New information that Coronelli added to this map is the depiction of the southern tip of Ezo (Tartaria de Yupi) with an extensive notation describing the trade between Ezo and Matsumae. An elaborate Korean style ship sails between Korea and Japan. The ship was...
722 Royaume de la Chine China and Korea
Nicolas Sanson
1699
B
  $150.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 7.6 x 9.6 inches)

Superbly engraved map of the Kingdom of China showing Korea as an island, the island of Luzon in the Philippines, the island of Formosa and portions of Japan. A handsome wreath forms the title cartouche. Engraved by Antoine de Winter.
723 Carte du Japon et de la Coree Korea & Japan
Le Rouge
1748
B+
  $190.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 11 x 8 inches)

Le Rouge's map of Japan follows the type established by D'Anville with the disproportionately large Korean Peninsula. The large title cartouche features three Japanese gods of fortune, one holding a carp. Each province or Kori is delineated with hand coloring and named.
724 Japan & Corea Korea & Japan
John Tallis
1845
A
  $120.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 13 x 10 inches)

Handsome and detailed map of the region embellished with three vignettes: a ceremonial barge, Korean dress, and a view of Yedo (Tokyo). The coastline of Korea is considerably less precise than that of Japan, as it was still relatively unknown. Surrounded by geometrically designed borders accented by flowers in the corners. A nice example with uncolored vignettes and borders, as issued.
725 Charte der Iaponischen Inseln Japan
Jean Baptiste Tavernier
1681
A+
  $450.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 12.5 x 8.3 inches)

This is a very scarce map of Japan from an unauthorized German translation of Tavernier's work. The map is presented in the style of the Blancus/Moreira maps with eastern Japan being more pronounced than western Japan and an ungainly form of Honshu. The coast of Korea, noted as an island, forms the western edge of the map. The route of the Dutch East India Company to Edo is noted in the title a...
726 L'Empire du Japon, Tire des Cartes des Japonnois Japan
Henry Abraham Chatelain
1719
A+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 17 x 14.7 inches)

This bold map of Japan is based on Adrian Reland's map of 1715. Reland's map was based on a Japanese model that had been produced as a travel map. As such, the geographical shape of the islands were made to fit into a predetermined format. This distorted shape resulted in a truncated Honshu, thus actually setting the European cartography of Japan backwards for a short period of time. On the ot...
727 Regni Japoniae Nova Mappa Geographica, ex indigenarum observationibus delineata ab Engelberto Kaempfero' Japan
Seutter/Lotter
1740
B+
  $1,500.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 22.3 x 19 inches)

This beautifully engraved and colored map owes its cartography to Kaempfer's map from his important History of Japan (Walter #77), which in turn was based on his travels in the late 17th century and his manuscript map, drawn sometime prior to 1716. The map presents a distorted outline for the Island of Japan with numerous political divisions delineated and named. Below the map are numerous Japan...
728 Imperium Japonicum per Regiones Digestum sex et sexaginta atque ex Ipsorum Japonensium Mappis Descriptum ab Hadriano Relando Japan
Adrien Reland
1756
B+
  $1,200.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 23.7 x 19.4 inches)

A large inset of the vicinity of Nagasaki and graphic scenes distinguish this interesting map of Japan. While the cumulative European knowledge of the vicinity of Nagasaki was used for the inset map, the main map was drawn largely from a Japanese woodblock map from the library of Benjamin Dutry, a prominent Dutch East India Company official. This Japanese map presented a distorted view of Japan,...
729 Plan de Jedo Tokyo, Japan
Bellin/Van Schley
1752
A
  $80.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 9.7 x 9.7 inches)

A very detailed and early plan of Tokyo. It is patterned on the Scheuchzer/Kaempfer map of 1702. The grounds surrounding the Edo Palace depict an imaginary, French-style, formal garden. The Nihonbashi (Japan Bridge), marked with a B, is shown east of the palace. Decorative title cartouche. "No. 7, Tome X. Pag. 522" at lower right beneath border.
730 Erythraei Sive Rubri Maris Periplus Olim Ab Arriano Descriptus. Nunc Vero Ab Abrah. Ortelio Ex Eodem Delineatus Southern Asia
Jan Jansson
1640
A
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 18.5 x 15.5 inches)

Jansson based this map on Ortelius' historical map of the same title, which was in turn based on the account of Arian, the Roman governor of Cappadocia (AD 134). Arian's description of Asia included the accounts of Alexander the Great among his sources. This classical map covers from Egypt to Indonesia as far as Java. In the upper right is an inset of the north pole (Hyperborei) included by Ort...
731 An Accurate Map of the East Indies, from the latest Improvements and Regulated by Astronomical Observations Southern Asia
Middleton
1779
A+
  $100.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 11.5 x 7.8 inches)

This decorative small map, with a rococo-style title cartouche and compass rose, extends from Persia to Indochina and south to include most of Sumatra and the corner of Borneo. It provides a good depiction of the Maldives, Ceylon, and the islands in the Indian Ocean with several of the smaller islands named. At the top of the map is the Coby or Sandy Desert north of the Kingdom of Tibet.
732 A Description of East India Conteyning th' Empire of the Great Mogol Pakistan, Afghanistan and Northern India
Samuel Purchas
1625
B+
  $500.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 14.5 x 10.8 inches)

This early, influential map covers the region from modern-day Afghanistan through northern Indian and Nepal to Myanmar (Burma); then the great Mughul Empire. It is a re-engraved version of the first modern map of northern India that was prepared by William Baffin and Sir Thomas Roe. Baffin drafted the map from information collected by Roe while he was Britain's first ambassador to India (1615-19...
733 Magni Mogolis Imperium Pakistan, Afghanistan and Northern India
Jan Jansson
1660
A
  $250.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 19.5 x 14.5 inches)

This is Jansson's version of Hondius' map of the Empire of the Great Mogul in northern India including the region from Iran to Burma. The Indus and Ganges Rivers are the most prominent features of the map, along with the large mythical lake of Chiamay Lacus located in northern Burma. Wild beasts, including lions, tigers and elephants roam the interior, while a ship sails in the Indian Oc...
734 Tab: IX. Asiae, Continens Ariam, Paropanisum, Drangianam, Arachosiam, et Gedrosiam Pakistan
Ptolemy/Mercator
1698
A
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 15.5 x 13.5 inches)

This lovely map covers the region to the west of the Indus River in what is present-day Pakistan. Mercator originally published this map in his 1578 edition of Ptolemy's great Geography; this version being from the last edition. Although he is most renowned today for the projection he popularized and for first using the term Atlas for a collection of maps, he devoted much of his life to h...
735 Carte des Isles Maldives' Indian Ocean, Maldives
Jacques Nicolas Bellin
1750
B+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 6 x 8.5 inches)

This great map of the island chain is decorated with rhumb lines, a large compass rose and a fancy cartouche. Dutch title below: Kaart der Maldivise Eilanden. Dated 1750 and published in 1773.
736 Carte de l'Ocean Oriental, ou Mer des Indes' Indian Ocean
Bellin/Van Schley
1760
A
  $180.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 15.5 x 13 inches)

This decorative chart is the Dutch version of Bellin's fine chart of southern Asia and the Indian Ocean from Africa through the Philippines and Western Australia. The map provides great detail of the islands and coastlines. Rhumb lines and a rococo title cartouche make this a very attractive sheet. Title in Dutch at bottom is "Kaart van den Oostersen-Oceaan, of Indiese-Zee'"
737 Carte des Costes de Perse, Guzarat et Malabar' Indian Ocean
Bellin/Van Schley
1773
A
  $150.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 7.7 x 9.5 inches)

A Dutch edition of this charming map of the Arabian Sea with the coasts of Arabia, Iran, Pakistan and India from C. Jaskes to C. Komorin. Includes a good depiction of the Maldives and the Laquedives. The very large title cartouche features a fanciful seahorse and a merman, with dragonfly-winged wind heads above.
738 Tabula X Asiae India
Ptolemy/Fries
1522
B+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 19 x 11.5 inches)

A nice example of this early and desirable Ptolemaic map of India, which is depicted in a distorted form with a severely truncated peninsula. The map presents the mountains, rivers and places compiled by the Alexandrian geographer, which though crude and confusing, is a remarkable view of the region between the deltas of the Indus and Ganges Rivers, both of which are shown. The title is containe...
739 [Tabula Duodecima Asiae continet Taprobanam insulam] Sri Lanka
Ptolemy/Fries
1541
A
  $300.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 14.5 x 11 inches)

This is a great woodblock map of the island of Taprobana, which was variously thought to be Ceylon (Sri Lanka) or Sumatra. This map depicts Ceylon with the typical misconceptions of Ptolemy showing the island greatly enlarged, surrounded by imaginary islands, and with a small part of India incorrectly drawn in the northeast corner of the map. Toprobana was drawn too large on most early ma...
740 Taprobana Sri Lanka
Tomaso Porcacchi
1572
A+
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 5.6 x 4 inches)

Charming map of the island nation of Sri Lanka with north oriented to the right of the map. Only a bit of the Indian mainland is shown and it is incorrectly shown to the east of the island. Strapwork title cartouche, an unusual compass rose and a stipple engraved sea combine to make this a very attractive map. Engraved by Girolamo Porro and printed on a full sheet (8 x 11.5") of Italian text.
741 Asiae XII Tab. Sri Lanka
Ptolemy/Mercator
1605
A
  $150.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 14 x 13.5 inches)

For this map of Toprobana (Sri Lanka), Ptolemy drew on the accounts of travelers and sailors and though the information was secondhand and often inaccurate, it represented the most advanced account of the world's geography at that time. This map depicts the island with the typical misconceptions of the period with the enlarged island straddling the Equator and nearly divided by a ridge of ...
742 Ceylan, et les Maldives Sri Lanka
Nicolas Sanson
1692
A
passed

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 9.5 x 7.3 inches)

Exquisite map of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with the southern tip of India shown at the top. Sri Lanka is shown in an inset named Ceylan Isle, qui est la Taprobane des Anciens, Taprobana referring to the name given to the island on earlier maps. Nicely detailed and beautifully engraved with a decorative title cartouche and an attractive compass rose.
743 Malacca Malaysia
Barent Langenes
1598
B+
  $375.00
Closed
   

Archived Auction. Click on the Title for details on this lot.    (Size: 4.8 x 3.4 inches)

Derived from Linschoten's map of 1595, this miniature map presents a very early cartographic picture of the Malaysian peninsula. The map is oriented with east at top and includes a small section of the Sumatran coastline. The false trans-peninsular strait seen on many early maps at the tip of the peninsula is shown here as the Muar River that originates in the mountains and then separates...

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