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Auction 106, Lot 451

"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: Black & White

20.2 x 15.5 inches
51.3 x 39.4 cm
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The first English printed map of Asia and a beautiful carte-a-figures map, 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 based largely on Jodocus Hondius' s map of 1623 with detailed depictions of the East Indies, the Philippines and the peninsula form of Korea. The map is further embellished with a title cartouche, numerous sea creatures and sailing ships. Beautifully engraved by Abraham Goos. First edition with the imprint of George Humble, published in 1627.

References: Yeo #30.

Condition: A

Fine sharp impression, lightly toned. Expert repairs of short separation on fold and a couple of tiny tears in margins.

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,500

Sold for: $3,500

Closed on 3/3/2004