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Auction 109, Lot 619

"Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperiorum", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Asia - Northern

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 10.7 inches
35.1 x 27.2 cm

Based on Blaeu's map of Tartaria and northern China with information compiled by the English and Dutch explorers as well as the reports of Marco Polo and the Greek classics. Tiny devils and dragons frolic in the desert outside the Great Wall and numerous notes fill the unexplored regions. The decorative features of the map are also similar to Blaeu's with the title is symbolically engraved onto the saddle blanket of a camel, representing the trade over the Silk Road.


Condition: A

Some faint foxing in margins and just intruding into border, still very good.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/1/2004