Auction 159, Lot 623

"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 [11].

Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/14/2016