"Carte de Tartarie Dressee sur les Relations de Plusieurs Voyageurs de Differentes Nations et sur Quelques Observations...", Delisle, Guillaume
Subject: Northern Asia
Period: 1706 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
24.6 x 18.9 inches
62.5 x 48 cm
This is the first edition of Delisle's expansive map that spans from Novaya Zemlya in the north to Afghanistan and includes Russia, Northern China, and Tibet. The Pacific coast shows a portion of the Terre d'Eso, with the small Isle de Amour shown above. The map is fully engraved with forests and mountains, and it features quite good detail of cities and towns for the period. The Great Wall is graphically depicted, as are the extensive trade routes. A decorative cartouche surrounds the title in the lower left. This edition carries Delisle's imprint "A Paris Chez l'Auteur sur la Quai de l'Horloge a l'Aigle dOr avec Privilege 1706."
Original outline color on watermarked paper with damp stains in the top corners of the sheet and several extraneous creases adjacent to the centerfold. A number of short edge tears are confined to the blank margins.