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Auction 189, Lot 587

"Recentissima Asiae Delineatio, qua Imperia, ejus, Regna, et Status, Unacum Novissimis Russorum...", Homann, Johann Christoph

Subject: Asia

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.7 x 19.1 inches
57.7 x 48.5 cm
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This map is a revision of the elder Homann's map of Asia circa 1712. The most important innovation is the addition of a huge Kamchatka Peninsula labeled Kamtzadalia Sinis Jeso with the southern tip marked Kurilorum Regio - an early reference to the Kuril Islands. Japan is separated from the Kamchatka Peninsula by a cluster of smaller islands. East of this archipelago, and separated from it by a narrow strait identified as the Canal de Piecko, is a coastline of Compagnie Land. Another notable difference is the depiction of the Caspian Sea based on the 1722 surveys of Karl van Verden. In Southeast Asia, the straits between New Guinea and Australia still appear in a tentative fashion, noting Dampier's Strait and a disembodied Carpenteria with no definite northern limit. The map is decorated with the same title cartouche as the elder Homann's map, featuring an Asian queen holding court, but the upper cartouche has been replaced with a simple block of text. This example features a color-coded key pasted below the neatline at bottom, but it has been partially trimmed away.

References: Yeo #123.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with some light spots and soiling, minor toning along the centerfold, a faint dampstain that enters the border at left, and a short edge tear at top that has been archivally repaired on verso. The centerfold has been reinforced with linen on verso.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/14/2022