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Auction 130, Lot 696

"Asia Antiqua cum finitimis Africae et Europae Regionibus", Blankaart, Nicolas

Subject: Asia

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineation

Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 18 inches
55.4 x 45.7 cm
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This interesting map of historical Asia was intended to represent the region as it was known in antiquity. While the continental outline reflects mostly contemporary cartography, there are some distortions particularly in Southeast Asia where Borneo is severely truncated, only Palawan (Palohan) of the Philippines is represented, and a partial coastline is delineated on Java (which is unnamed). On the continent, there are a number of wildly inaccurate rivers, most notably the Ganges flowing through southern China in to the South China Sea! There are numerous notations throughout the map relating to various myths and legends in antiquity. The map is adorned with a title cartouche, a dedication cartouche and twelve ancient coins. Nicolas Blankaart was a professor at Leiden who created historical maps of the four continents for Jansson.

References: Yeo #45.

Condition: B+

Toned with nice original color. There are a couple minor paper repairs in the margins.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $475

Closed on 12/2/2009