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Auction 135, Lot 714

"Tartariae Imperium", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: Northern Asia, North Pacific, and Northwestern North America

Period: 1597 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.7 x 4.8 inches
17 x 12.2 cm

Fine miniature map focused on the North Pacific, including Northwestern America and Japan. While designed to illustrate the expansive Kingdom of the Great Khan in Asia, its main feature is the Stretto di Anian and the depiction of Northwestern America. The map covers northern Russia, China, and has an early, large depiction of Japan shown just off the American shore, dwarfing the rather misshapen California peninsula. It is decorated with two elaborate cartouches. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $220 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/16/2011