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  ASIA 

OVERTON, John. [Rare English carte-a-figure map of Asia]
A New Plaine and most Exact map of Asia described by NI Vischer and rendered into English with the habits of the countries and manner of the cheife citties. London, 1671. Coloured. 425 x 540mm with wide margins.
A scarce panelled map of Asia, featuring ten city prospects, including Jerusalem, Goa, Macao and Aden, eight costume vignettes and six fanciful portraits of Asian kings. Based on the Visscher issue of Keere's map of 1614, it was originally engraved in 1668; this is an example of the second state, with Overton's new address. Apparently Overton was planning a world atlas and lacked maps of the continents, so had them engraved. As the matching map of Africa is signed by Philip Holmes the stylistic similarity makes it likely that Holmes also engraved the Asia. Little of Overton's output was original: he bought the stock of Peter Stent after his death from the plague in 1665, and c.1700 he bought Speed's county map plates.
[Ref: 9340]    £4,250.00 ($5,398 • €4,828 rates)


SPEED, John. [Speed's map of Asia]
Asia with the Islands Adioyning described, the atire of the people & Townes of importance, all of them newly augmented by J:S: Ano. Dom: 1626. London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 390 x 510mm.
The first map of Asia by an Englishman (although Speed still had to turn to a Dutch engraver, Abraham Goos, to produce it), published in the 'Prospect of the... World', first published 1627. Down the sides are ten costume vignettes, and eight city prospects, including Jerusalem, Goa and Macao, run along the top of the map. On verso is an English text, 'The Description of Asia', containing a mixture of fact and amusing myth.
[Ref: 17816]    £4,000.00 ($5,080 • €4,544 rates)


MOLL, Herman. [A two-sheet English map of Asia]
To the Right Honourable William Lord Cowper, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, This Map of Asia According to ye Newest and Most Exact Observations is most Humbly Dedicated... London, Moll, John Bowles, Thomas Bowles & Philip Overton, c.1730. Original colour with additions. Two sheet conjoined, total 585 x 970mm. A few repairs, as usual with these large maps.
Moll's large-format map of Asia, first published 1714, with a large title cartouche and seven insets maps, including Bombay, Amoy and Chusan. The elaborate title cartouche represents the wealth available in the East.
[Ref: 17182]    £1,900.00 ($2,413 • €2,158 rates)


DANET, Guillaume. [A scarce French map of Asia]
L'Asie Dressée Sur de nouveaux Memoires Assujetis aux observations Astronomiq. Corrigée et Augmentée... Paris: Louis Charles Desnos, 1760. Original colour. 515 x 725mm.
A large and decorative map of Asia, surrounded by a border containing the arms of Asian countries (including Cyprus), with the left and bottom borders dedicated to the Emperor of Japan and his nobles. On the map the semi-mythical land of Jesso joins Kamchatka, and the title cartouche hides the eastern end of 'Terre de Compagnie' in the North Pacific. Danet was the son-in-law and successor of De Fer, and republished many of his maps, but this item is apparently a new work, one of series of World and Continents originally published 1729-32.
[Ref: 16494]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)


 Far East 

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. [Breaking the Portuguese Monopoly on the East Indies Trade Routes]
Exacta et accurata delineatio cum orarum maritimarum... Amsterdam, c.1596. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined as issued, total 395 x 530mm. Restoration at bottom margin.
A highly decorative map, engraved by Henricus van Langren after Arnold Florent van Langeren for Linschoten's 'Itinerario', a manual for sailing to the East Indies, based on Linschoten's own experiences and secret Portuguese guides. The dissemination of this information broke the Portuguese monopoly of trade with the Far East. The map displays all the features that made this period the golden age of decorative cartography: the titles, in Latin and Dutch, are within a strapwork cartouche, as are the scales; in the sea are two finely-engraved compass roses, sea-monsters and galleons; filling the gaps in China are an elephant, camel, giraffe and rhinoceros. Shown are Burma, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, Borneo and the Philippines, around the coast of China to Korea & Japan. Korea is an almost round island; Japan is described by Walter as 'shrimp-shaped'. On the right edge is 'Beach, the Gold Province', often taken for Australia. This derives from Marco Polo's 'Locach', a place the Chinese told him was far to the south. In a 1552 edition of Grynaeus's 'Novus Orbis Regionum' the name was mis-transcribed to 'Boeach', then shortened to Beach. However today it is believed that 'Lochach' was 'Lo-huk', the Cantonese name for Lopburi, a kingdom in southern Thailand. WALTER 12.
This item is currently on reserve


DE WIT, Frederick. [A superb chart of the Far East and Australia]
Orientaliora Indiarum Orientalium cum Insulis Adjacentibus à Promontorio C.Comorin ad Japan. Pascaaert van t'Oosert gedeelte van Oost Indien van C. Comorin tot Iapan Amsterdam, c.1688. Fine colour, with gold highlights. 445 x 545mm. A very fine impression on heavy paper, bottom centre fold strengthened on verso.
De Wit's famous chart of the East Indies and Australia, orientated with north to the left. Japan appears top left and Australia, according to Tasman, top right. Published in the 'Orbis Maritimus ofte Zee Atlas', with a fine title cartouche representing the wealth possible from the East India trade in full colour. TOOLEY: Australia, p.1369, plate 100; WALTER: 40, illus; KOEMAN: Wit 16.
[Ref: 16648]    £6,000.00 ($7,620 • €6,816 rates)


 China 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's landmark map of China in fine original colour]
Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. auctore Ludovicio Georgio. Antwerp: Jan Baptist Vrients, 1603, Latin text edition. Fine original colour. 370 x 470mm. Verdigris crack in unprinted area of map repaired; text trimmed on verso with edges reinforced with archivist's tissue.
The most decorative map of China: oriented with north to the right, there are cartouches for the title, scale and privilege; on the map are elephants, Tartar tents and land-yachts. Japan has an extra landmass to the east, with its further reaches hidden by the scale cartouche. The Philippines appear, but with little accuracy or detail; they were not even named until the second state (c.1588). WALTER: 11f, illus; VAN DEN BROECKE: 164.
[Ref: 17444]    £5,000.00 ($6,350 • €5,680 rates)


MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Miniature map of China]
La Chine. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 105mm.
Miniature map of China, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea and Kyushu (Japan), published in the Description de l'Univers.
[Ref: 17333]    £200.00 ($254 • €227 rates)


CARY, John. [Early 19th century map of China]
A New Map of China from the Latest Authorities. London, 1811. Original body colour. 510 x 560mm.
Detailed map of China, with strong original colour.
[Ref: 17361]    £350.00 ($445 • €398 rates)


 Japan 

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptiste. [Pitt's English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan]
A Map of the Isles of Japan. London: Moses Pitt, 1680. 360 x 520mm. Narrow margins, minor repairs to binding folds on verso. A fine impression.
The first English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan, first publshed the previous year, augmented with an inset of the Gulf of Tonkin, originally a separate map in the original work. The route by land & sea from Nagasaki to Tokyo is marked. On stylistic grounds the map has been attributed to the engraver Herman Moll, making it one of his earliest works. Tavernier, a gem merchant, travelled only to China, but included a description of Japan in his account. HUBBARD: 46.
[Ref: 17526]    £4,750.00 ($6,033 • €5,396 rates)


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