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Auction 135, Lot 633

"Magnae Tartariae, Magni Mogolis Imperii, Iaponiae et Chinae, Nova Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Northeastern Asia

Period: 1682 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.8 x 17.3 inches
55.4 x 43.9 cm
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This handsome map covers the northeastern portion of Asia from the Caspian Sea through Japan. The map is fully engraved with forests and mountains with graphic depictions of the Gobi Desert and Great Wall of China. Japan is shown on the Blaeu/Martini type with Yedso as a disembodied coastline in the sea above Japan. Corea is shown as a small peninsula. The large, mythical Chiammay Lacus, located in central China, spawns five major south-flowing rivers.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression with original color. There is tissue on verso to support areas of the paper that have been weakened from oxidation of the green color.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/16/2011