Auction 111, Lot 614

"Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Asia - Northern

Period: 1653 (circa)


Color: Black & White

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

Fine map of Tartary and northern China illustrating the knowledge obtained by the English and Dutch explorers as far as the Ob River with the balance of the map based on the reports of Marco Polo and the Greek classics. The deserts are filled with a wild assortment of devils and dragons, being held at bay from China by the Great Wall. Explorers flank the distance scale and the title is symbolically engraved onto the saddle blanket of a camel, representing the trade over the Silk Road. This map is nearly identical to Blaeu's map of the same title. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: B

A lovely impression on fine paper with wide margins. Faint damp stains, mostly in blank margins, with a little above cartouche and at lower center.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 6/8/2005