Auction 171, Lot 659

"Tartariae Imperium", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: Northern Asia, North Pacific, & Northwestern North America

Period: 1597 (circa)

Publication: Geographiae Universae tum Veteris tum Novae…

Color: Hand Color

6.7 x 4.9 inches
17 x 12.4 cm

This handsome miniature map focuses on the North Pacific, including Northwestern America and Japan. While designed to illustrate the expansive Kingdom of the Great Khan in Asia, its main feature is the Stretto di Anian and the depiction of Northwestern America. The map covers northern Russia, China, and has an early, large depiction of Japan shown just off the American shore, dwarfing the rather misshapen California peninsula. It is decorated with two elaborate cartouches. This example was published in the unauthorized reissue of Magini's atlas, which was published by Petrus Keschedt with re-engraved plates. Latin text on verso.


Condition: A

There are some minor spots and remnants of paper tape on verso.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/6/2019