Auction 134, Lot 619

"Asia a New Description", Morden, Robert

Subject: Asia

Period: 1693 (published)

Publication: Geography Rectified

Color: Black & White

5.2 x 4.4 inches
13.2 x 11.2 cm

This little map of Asia is a pleasing composition that encapsulates the state of geographic knowledge at the end of the 17th century. A dotted line forms the Siberian coastline reflecting the paucity of information available for this region. The Caspian Sea is shown on a correct north-south axis. The Arabian peninsula is no longer subdivided along classical lines. The Molucca Is. are prominently located in the East Indies. Printed on a full sheet of English text with a glowing description of the continent. Page 28 appears above the title cartouche along with page 341 in the upper margin, indicating this was published in the third edition of Morden's Geography.

References: King (2nd ed.) p.148-9; Yeo #62.

Condition: A

Minor toning and a few spots in blank margins.

Estimate: $250 - $325


Closed on 12/1/2010