Auction 142, Lot 637

"Magnae Tartariae, Magni Mogolis Imperii, Iaponiae et Chinae, Nova Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Northeastern Asia

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 17.2 inches
55.1 x 43.7 cm

This handsome map covers the northeastern portion of Asia from the Caspian Sea through Japan. The map is fully engraved with forests and mountains with graphic depictions of the Gobi Desert and Great Wall of China. Japan is shown on the Blaeu/Martini type with Yedso as a disembodied coastline in the sea above Japan. Corea is shown as a small peninsula. The large, mythical Chiammay Lacus, located in central China, spawns five major south-flowing rivers.


Condition: B+

Wide, original margins with a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold, professionally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom, and light soiling.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $275

Closed on 11/28/2012