Auction 116, Lot 749

"Generalis Totius Imperii Moscovitici Novissima Tabula Magnam Orbis terrarum partem a Polo Arctico sife ad mare Japonicum et Chinae Septentrionalis…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Asia - Northern

Period: 1716 (published)

Publication: Grosser Atlas

Color: Hand Color

Size:
22.5 x 19 inches
57.2 x 48.3 cm

This large map shows the whole of Russia from the Black Sea and the Baltic to Kamchatka, China, and Northern India. Just above the Arctic Circle, Witsen's mountainous peninsula (Scopuli) is shown with an unknown eastern coastline. Beautifully engraved and highly detailed, the map shows forests, watershed, roads, and many tiny villages. A very elaborate cartouche embellishes the lower corner with historical figures, a ship, globes and putti. The sea at upper left is filled with sea monsters and two sailing ships.

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Condition: A

Strong impression and fine original color.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/20/2006

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