Auction 112, Lot 627

"A Newe Mape of Tartary", Speed, John

Subject: Northern Asia

Period: 1676 (circa)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

Color: Hand Color

20 x 15.4 inches
50.8 x 39.1 cm

Carte-de-figures map covering the region from Lake Baikal through to the regions of present-day Manchuria and Siberia to the north of the Great Wall of China. Korea is shown as an island on the extreme right with parts of North America across the fabled Strait of Anian. The map is fully engraved with mountains and forests, the Great Wall, numerous towns and fascinating notations. Included in the four views at top is a view of Nova Zemla, the winter quarters of Barents, the Dutch explorer who searched for a northern passage between Russia and America. The other views depict important cities of the Silk Route - Astrakan, Samarkand and Cambalu. In the side panels are figures of the Tartary people in their native costume. The English text on verso provides a fascinating and amusing description of the region. Imprint of Bassett and Chiswell.


Condition: B

Margins extended all around to better accommodate framing. Tissue repairs along centerfold including reinforcement of paper weakness in unengraved areas along the fold.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/28/2005