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Auction 94, Lot 340

"Asiae Descriptio Nova", Seile, Anae

Subject: Asia

Period: 1663 (dated)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Black & White

17 x 13.5 inches
43.2 x 34.3 cm
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Extremely fine impression of this interesting map of the continent and islands of Asia. The outline of Asia follows the Mercator-Hondius prototype with two unidentified landmasses appearing in the upper right corner. Numerous placenames appear throughout the East Indies. The map was engraved by John Goddard for Anae Seile who continued her late husband's publishing business. Strapwork title cartouche, two sailing ships, and an elephant in China decorate the map.


Condition: A+

A fine example backed with Japanese tissue to strengthen folds.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 3/7/2001