Auction 108, Lot 507

"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

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 imprint of George Humble.


Condition: B

Crisp early impression. Two small worm tracks professionally repaired and a couple of insignificant rust spots. Expert minor repairs in blank margins. Later color with slight unevenness.

Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500

Sold for: $6,000

Closed on 9/29/2004