Auction 124, Lot 666

"A Map of the East India Islands, Agreeable to the Most approved Maps and Charts", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1770 (circa)

Publication: Millar's New Complete & Universal System of Geography

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.8 x 12.8 inches
37.6 x 32.5 cm

An uncommon map covering from Thailand to Papua New Guinea, including Java, Borneo with parts of Australia (New Holland) at bottom, and Taiwan (Formosa) at top. Even tiny islands are named, such as Nila and Bird Isle in the Banda Sea. Several interesting notations concern the unexplored regions and the inhabitants. A large pictorial title cartouche features a local house raised on stilts above a snake infested jungle.

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Condition: B+

Issued folding, now professionally pressed and backed with fine Japanese tissue to repair some small tears at the map edges and a small hole just below the compass rose. Some lines remain from old creases in the piece.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $425

Closed on 5/7/2008

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