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Auction 168, Lot 625

"Generalis Totius Imperii Moscovitici Novissima Tabula Magnam Orbis Terrarum Partem a Polo Arctico usq ad Mare Iaponicum et Chinae Septentrionalis Confinia Exhibens...", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Northern Asia

Period: 1725 (circa)

Publication: Neuer Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

21.9 x 18.9 inches
55.6 x 48 cm

This large map shows the whole of Russia from the Black Sea and the Baltic to Kamchatka, and includes China and Northern India. Just above the Arctic Circle is a partially delineated island or peninsula labeled incognita. Beautifully engraved and highly detailed, the map shows forests, watershed, roads, and many tiny villages. The Great Wall of China is prominently depicted along with a desert extending though western China. Although unnamed, the Chimay Lacus appears with four rivers flowing south. A very elaborate cartouche embellishes the lower corner with historical figures, a ship, globes and putti. The sea at upper left is filled with two sailing ships and several rowboats with men harpooning sea monsters.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.HOM-1a #40.

Condition: B+

A sturdy sheet with light toning along the centerfold and stains at top center and top right.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/6/2018