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Auction 109, Lot 576

"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

This beautiful carte-a-figures map is the first English printed map of Asia. It is flanked by costumed figures of Asian peoples with a series of eight city views forming 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. Imprint of Roger Rea, published between 1662 and 1665.


Condition: A

Fine impression and attractive color. Unobtrusive and professional repair on centerfold, else fine. Narrow but adequate margins.

Estimate: $5,500 - $6,500


Closed on 12/1/2004