Auction 140, Lot 744

"Tabula Tartariae et majoris partis Regni Chinae", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Northern Asia

Period: 1685 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 17.2 inches
54.6 x 43.7 cm

Fine map of the region from the Caspian Sea through China and Japan. Eastern Russia is truncated with no Kamchatka peninsula and Yedso is shown according to the voyages of De Vries. The Great Wall is prominently shown separating China from the interior deserts. The mythical Chiammay Lacus is shown with its five major rivers. A strapwork title cartouche with two putti and a compass rose ornament the chart.


Condition: B+

There are professional repairs of a few centerfold separations and tears along centerfold, as well as tears and chips in blank margins. Light toning along centerfold and discoloration in a few areas due to cello tape used to repair tears, which has since been removed. Manuscript page number in upper right corner.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $325

Closed on 5/23/2012