Catalog Archive
Auction 115, Lot 686

"[Lot of 4 - Central Asia]", Vandermaelen, Philippe Marie Guillaume

Subject: Asia - Central

Period: 1827 (published)

Publication: Atlas Universel

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 17.3 inches
52.1 x 43.9 cm

Group of four maps covering the eastern part of the Caspian Sea, and parts of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turmenistan in minute detail. 1) No. 40. Turcomanie. 2) No. 53. Partie de la Tartarie. 3) No. 41. Parte de la Russie d'Asie. 4) No. 54. Turkestan. These maps cover the region between approximately 50° - 70° longitude and 36° - 48° N. latitude.

The Atlas Universel was the first atlas to present all the maps on the same scale (1: 1,641,836), with each map covering an area of approximately 20 degrees longitude (from Paris) and 6 degrees of latitude. Also considered to be the first lithographic atlas ever published. The maps were meant to be joined together to form a huge globe. There was only one edition of the atlas, published in 1825-27, and the subscription list shows that only 810 copies were sold.


Condition: B

Original color. Bit of light foxing.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 6/21/2006