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Auction 138, Lot 755

"Asia", Playfair, James

Subject: Asia

Period: 1821 (dated)

Publication: A New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

21.3 x 17.5 inches
54.1 x 44.5 cm

Dr. Playfair (1738-1819), was a minister, historiographer to the Prince of Wales, and Principal of the United College of St Salvator and St Leonard in the University of St Andrews from 1799 until his death. The maps from Playfair's A New General Atlas are quite scarce. This detailed map of the continent of Asia extends from Saudi Arabia in the west, to Novaya Zemlya in the north, to the northern half of Sumatra and Borneo. Engraved by Samuel John Neele and published by Macredie, Skelly & Co.


Condition: B

Original color with marginal soiling. The map has separated along the centerfold and has been rejoined on verso with archival tape. There are two chips in lower blank margin and several short tears, one of which just enters map border.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 12/7/2011