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Auction 146, Lot 696

"Tartary", Thomson, John

Subject: Northern Asia

Period: 1814 (dated)

Publication: New General Atlas

Color: Hand Color

23.4 x 19.6 inches
59.4 x 49.8 cm
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This detailed map of Chinese Tartary extends to the Caspian Sea in the west and covers most of India in the south, with numerous towns, rivers, lakes and mountain ranges depicted. A portion of the silk road is shown from Pahacachon to Pong, and interesting geographical and political notations are included, such as "the river is lost here in the sands" and "the supposed situation of Kara Kum the capital of Zinghis Khan's Empire." Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikstan are called Independent Tartary, and are occupied by various khanates such as the Great Horde and the Kirguses. Engraved by N. R. Hewitt.


Condition: B+

Light soiling with a 2" centerfold separation at bottom, one tear at bottom that extends 3" into map image and a few in blank margins that enter map border, all of which have been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $300 - $375


Closed on 9/4/2013