Auction 113, Lot 666

"Asia cum Omnibus Imperiis Provinciis, Statibus et Insulis Iuxta Observationes Recentissimas et Accuratissima…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Asia

Period: 1728-36 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm

Beautifully engraved and extremely detailed copper plate map that covers the Asian continent and the East Indies. Terra Yedso is represented here as a large landmass to the north of Japan and linked by a narrow causeway. Compagnie Land is shown to the east and marked with a notation that it was discovered by Don Juan de Gama. There is no Kamchatka peninsula shown. One of the more interesting features is the representation of Nova Zembla which, in contrast to most contemporary maps, is shown as a peninsula joined to the mainland. The large and charming title cartouche represents the exotic East with its people and animals. Another large and decorative cartouche at top right also features its peoples with several exotic birds.

References: Yeo #120; Tooley (Australia) #1135.

Condition: B

Dark, early impression on thick hand laid paper with wide full margins and watermark. Centerfold toning and a long tear into map at bottom poorly closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/7/2005