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Auction 104, Lot 518

"Asia with the Islands Adioyning Described, the Atire of the People, & Townes of Importance, All of them Newly Augmented", Speed, John

Subject: Asia

Period: 1626 (dated)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World…

Color: Hand Color

20.2 x 15.5 inches
51.3 x 39.4 cm
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This is the first English printed map of Asia and a beautiful carte-a-figures map. The map was engraved by Abraham Goos and based largely on Jodocus Hondius' s map of 1623 with detailed depictions of the East Indies, the Philippines and the peninsular form of Korea. The map is flanked by costumed figures of Asian peoples. A series of eight city views forms a decorative frieze across the top including Damascus, Jerusalem, Aden, Hormus, Goa, Kandy, Banten and Macau. The map is further embellished with a strapwork title cartouche, numerous sea creatures and sailing ships. Imprint of George Humble.

References: Yeo #30.

Condition: A

Light even toning with lovely old color. Good margins.

Estimate: $3,750 - $4,500

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 9/10/2003