Auction 110, Lot 565

"Asia Vetus…", Sanson/Mariette

Subject: Asia

Period: 1667 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.2 x 15.7 inches
56.4 x 39.9 cm

This interesting map is an updated version of the elder Sanson's map of ancient Asia by Guillaume Sanson. The map illustrates the known geography but employs Ptolemaic place names only in the regions prior to the Great Discoveries. In this map the outline of Hokkaido is more accurate, but the island is still attached to the mainland of Asia. A small coastline of North America is labeled Atlantis Insula. Korea is shown as a long thin peninsula based on the Mercator-Hondius model. An important revision on this map is the orientation of the Caspian Sea on a more correct north-south axis.

References: Yeo #53.

Condition: A

Original outline color with slight color offsetting, else fine.

Estimate: $275 - $300

Sold for: $425

Closed on 3/2/2005