Auction 139, Lot 610

"Recentissima Asiae Delineatio, qua Imperia, Ejus Regna et Status Unacum Novissimis Russorum", Homann, Johann Christoph

Subject: Asia

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.8 x 19.3 inches
57.9 x 49 cm

This map is a revision of the elder Homann's map of Asia circa 1712. The most important innovation is the addition of a huge Kamchatka Peninsula labeled Kamtzadalia Sinis Jeso with the southern tip marked Kurilorum Regio - an early reference to the Kuril Islands. Japan is separated from the Kamchatka Peninsula by a cluster of smaller islands. East of this archipelago, and separated from it by a narrow strait identified as the Canal de Piecko, is a coastline of Campagnie Land. Another notable difference is the depiction of the Caspian Sea based on the 1722 surveys of Karl van Verden. In Southeast Asia the straits between New Guinea and Australia still appear in a tentative fashion, noting Dampier's Strait and a disembodied Carpenteria with no definite northern limit. The map is decorated with the same title cartouche as the elder Homann's map, featuring an Asian queen holding court, but the upper cartouche has been replaced with a simple block of text.

References: Yeo #123.

Condition: B+

Attractive older color and a sharp impression. There is an old tape stain on verso that shows through just above Japan and a few extraneous creases, otherwise very good.

Estimate: $450 - $550


Closed on 2/15/2012