Auction 139, Lot 608

"Asia", Morden, Robert

Subject: Asia

Period: 1705 (circa)


Color: Black & White

15.3 x 14 inches
38.9 x 35.6 cm

This is an uncommon map of the whole of Asia from the Black Sea east to Japan. In the North, one coastline of Nova Zembla is sketched out; later it was discovered that Novaya Zemlya consists of two large islands. The interior of Asia (Tartary on this map) is nearly void of details. The Great Wall of China separates the known from the unknown. The east coast of Asia is sketched in lightly and filled with conjecture. It was later in the century before Bering and Cook provided details that added the Kamchatka Peninsula and Alaska to the charts. In the South, the northern coastline of New Holland is still indefinite.

References: cf. Cain, Map Collector #57, pp. 2-8.

Condition: B

There is a small stain in the Mediterranean Sea near Egypt and some minor occasional staining.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/15/2012