Rare Variant of Sanson's Small Map of Northern Asia
"La Grande Tartarie", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Northern Asia
Period: 1670 (dated)
Publication: L'Asie en Plusieurs Cartes Nouvelles, et Exactes
Color: Hand Color
11.5 x 6.8 inches
29.2 x 17.3 cm
This is a very rare updated version of Sanson's map of northern Asia. The map is about 2 inches wider and 1 inch taller than its predecessor, and extends as far west as the Caspian Sea and south to include Japan, which had previously been omitted. Korea is now shown correctly as a peninsula, although Hokkaido appears to be fused with the Kamchatka Peninsula, which is named Yupi. Further to the east is the Destriot d'Vriez, separating Russia from Ieco. In the north, Nova Zemla is beginning to take shape, and the Island of Tazata has been eliminated. The strapwork cartouche has been replaced in favor of a garland and ribbon-draped cartouche held aloft by angels.
Original outline color with later color in the cartouche on paper with a bunch of grapes watermark and wide margins. There are library stamps in the top corners of the sheet on verso, which show through on recto and are confined to the blank margins. This map was deaccessioned from the Universitat und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt in 2010. Documentation is available upon request.