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Auction 156, Lot 645

"Exactissima Asiae Delineatio, in Praecipuas Regiones, Caeterasq. Partes Divisa, et Denuo in Lucem Edita", Allard/Covens & Mortier

Subject: Asia

Period: 1715 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23.1 x 19.7 inches
58.7 x 50 cm

This large, beautifully engraved map of Asia is particularly significant for its depiction of Russia, Siberia, and parts of Chinese Tartary. The information on this region was taken from Nicolas Witsen's 6-sheet map of Tartary from 1687 as noted above the bottom border. Witsen gathered much of this information from the governor of Tobolsk, and formulated a completely new interpretation of the northeast extremity of the continent, shown here in an inset. It shows a long mountainous peninsula, Ys Caap (Icy Cape), which was believed to render it impossible to sail around northern Asia to reach the wealth of the East Indies. A strangely shaped and partially delineated Hokkaido appears just north of Japan, with Landt stretching off the edge of the map. Witsen's influential map became the standard model for the mapping of Asia until the expeditions of Bering (1725-1749). The rest of the map draws mainly on De Wit's maps of Asia, except that Allard presents a completely different, and apparently unique, configuration of the Black and Caspian Seas. The fabulous title cartouche features the personification of Asia receiving tribute from a number of her subjects.

References: Yeo #70; Tibbetts #173.

Condition: B+

Full original color in the map with later color in the cartouche with some light creasing at far left. There are professional repairs to a centerfold separation at bottom, two small holes in the blank margins, and a 1/2" hole at top right with a minor portion of border replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $500

Closed on 2/17/2016