Auction 119, Lot 735

"Asia cum Omnibus Imperiis, Provinciis, Statibus et Insulis…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Asia

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm

Beautifully engraved and extremely detailed copper plate map covering the Asian continent and the East Indies. Terra Yedso (Hokkaido) 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 features lavishly attired people, allegorical figures, and exotic birds.

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

Condition: B

Sharp impression with original color. The margins have a couple small holes and have been trimmed to just past the platemark, still adequate for framing. The lower right corner has a paper repair just touching the neatline. The centerfold has been professionally reinforced with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/9/2007