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Auction 119, Lot 778

"Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperiorum", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Asia - Northern

Period: 1646 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.7 x 10.6 inches
34.8 x 26.9 cm

A deftly engraved map based on Blaeu's map of Tartaria and northern China with information that was compiled by the English and Dutch explorers as well as the reports of Marco Polo and the Greek classics. Tiny devils and dragons frolic in the desert outside the Great Wall and numerous notes fill the unexplored regions. The decorative features of the map are also similar to Blaeu's; the title is symbolically engraved onto the saddle blanket of a camel, representing the trade over the Silk Road.


Condition: A

Sharp impression on sound paper. There is a light crease near the centerfold.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/9/2007