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Auction 125, Lot 696

"Asiae Superficialis descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: Asia

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Praecipuarum Universi Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 2.6 inches
10.9 x 6.6 cm

This scarce, little map is roughly based on the Ortelius/Galle map of 1593. Asia extends too far to the east so that America pars appears above Japan. There is no Korean peninsula. A long east-west range of mountains stretches the entire length of the continent. There is a cluster of islands labeled Moluccae Insulae, but they are not well placed and appear north of Borneo. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Historiae Universalis Auctorium, which was often bound with the Praecipuarum Universi. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $140

Closed on 9/24/2008