"Description de la Tartarie Tiree en Partie de Plusieurs Cartes, qui en ont Este Faictes en Partie de Diverses Relations...", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: Northern Asia
Period: 1654 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde...
Color: Hand Color
22.6 x 14.1 inches
57.4 x 35.8 cm
This is an uncommon map covering central and northern Asia. Korea is shown as an island and a huge Terre de Iesso is depicted across a narrow straight from the legendary lands of Gog and Magog. The Caspian Sea is given a horizontal, oval shape. The map is fully engraved with mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, cities, the Great Wall of China and embellished with a decorative title cartouche.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A .
Original outline color on watermarked paper with narrow, but adequate, side margins. A few short edge tears that just enter the left border have been repaired on verso with old paper. Light scattered foxing is confined to the bottom blank margin.