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Auction 115, Lot 630

"Asia", Rosaccio, Guiseppe

Subject: Asia

Period: 1592 (circa)


Color: Black & White

6.5 x 5 inches
16.5 x 12.7 cm

This unusual woodblock map of Asia portrays rudimentary cartography and several large islands that represent the East Indies. The interior is filled with mountains, huge Black and Caspian Seas, and a few places signified by large castles. The eastern coastline is truncated without a Korean Peninsula. A fierce sea monster is shown in the Arctic Ocean and a tiny boat sails the Indian Ocean. Rosaccio's maps were printed from two separate blocks and were often printed on two separate sheets - this example is printed on a single sheet only.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 72-73.

Condition: A+

Sharp impression.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/21/2006