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  ASIA 
 Tartary 

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of Tartary]
Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni typus. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of Tartary. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 14687]    £150.00 ($190 • €167 rates)


SPEED, John. [The famous English carte à figures map of Tartary]
A Newe Mape of Tartary... London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 395 x 515mm, with wide margins.
A highly decorative map of the Russian Empire, finely engraved by Dirck Gryp for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', with eight costume vignettes down the sides and four city prospects, including Astrakhan & Samarkand, along the top. On the map the Caspian Sea is still wider than it is tall; the Straits of Anian appear with no sign of Kamchatka; and Korea is an island.
[Ref: 16982]    £2,200.00 ($2,783 • €2,446 rates)


FRESCHOT, Casimir Don. [An extremely rare miniature map of Tartary]
(142) Tartaria Grande in Asia sotto diversi Principi é Gran Cham Mahametan et Gentile Longh: 70. Gior.e. Venice: Giovanni Pare', c. 1680. Sheet 51 x 51mm. Trimmed from a large broadsheet.
Don Casimir Freschot, a Benedictine Priest and author of about 50 books on history and Venice, composed a 'goose game', 'Geografia ridotta a giuoco per istruttione della giovane nobiltà veneziana', to facilitate "the teaching of geography to the young Venetian nobility", of which this map was a section. Engraved by Anton Francesco Lucini, this was probably the earliest geographical game to be published. The 'board' comprised 153 squares containing small maps, arranged in a spiral, with a plan of Venice at the centre. Above the game were four larger maps of the continents, the rules, including the prizes and forfeits for landing on squares, and a dedication. There is only one known complete example, in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice. Even incomplete examples are extremely rare. "Charta Geographica" magazine, vol.1, page 76; plus insert with facsimile broadsheet.
[Ref: 11116]    £380.00 ($481 • €423 rates)


KEULEN, Johannes van. [A sea chart of the unknown north east Asia]
Pascaarte vande Noord Oost Cust van Asia Verthoonende in sich all de Zee-custen van Tartarien, Van Japan tot Nova Zemla alles op Wassende graaden gelaght. Amsterdam: Van Keulen, c.1680. Old colour. 520 x 590mm. Narrow top margin due to the height of the plate.
One of the first sea charts of north-east Asia, illustrating how little was known of the region. It shows from Novaya Zemlya in northern Russia, along the coast of Siberia (with few promontories and one one large island) past the mythical 'Land of Ezo' and 'Companies Land' to Japan, Korea and Zhoushan in China. There are no signs of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, Kamchatka or the Bering Strait, as the chart predates the explorations of Vitus Bering by nearly fifty years and James Cook by nearly a century.
[Ref: 17979]    £1,000.00 ($1,265 • €1,112 rates)


MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Tartar costume]
Tartarres. Paris, c. 1682, 155 x 110mm.
Copper engraving of a Tartar warrior (holding a bow) and woman. Published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 17382]    £60.00 ($76 • €67 rates)


DE ROSSI, Giovanni Giacomo. [17th century Italian map of Tartary]
La Gran Tartaria divisa nelle sue parti principali.. Rome, 1683. 440 x 550mm.
A map of Tartary after Cantelli da Vignola, published in the Mercurio Geografico. Japan appears on the right, with only a narrow strait separating it from a mainland peninsula to the north; however this is not 'Ezo', as this is a separate entity to the north-east. The large title cartouche shows a Tartar family.
[Ref: 7687]    £800.00 ($1,012 • €890 rates)


HOMANN HEIRS. [An 18th century two-sheet map of Chinese Tartary]
Tartariae Sinensis Mappa Geographica... Tartariae Sinensis Mappa Geographica et des Royaumes de Corée et de Japan. Nuremberg, 1749. Original colour. Two sheets, each c.510 x 400mm.
A detailed map of Korea and Manchuria as well as two islands of 'Ezo' and Sakhalin, prepared by Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782), the main source for European mapping of Korea and Japan.
[Ref: 15822]    £770.00 ($974 • €856 rates)


RABATTA, Augusto & BAILOU, Jean Baptist de. [An 18th century playing-card of Tartary]
La Tartaria anticamente Scythia intra et extra Imaum et Serica. Florence: Aniello Lamberti, 1779. Original colour. Sheet size 115 x 70mm.
A rare miniature map of Tartary engraved by Lamberti for the 'Minchiate', the Florentine version of the Tarot, which had each card marked with an arcane symbol. The full set was published in Augusto Da Rabatta and Jean Baptiste De Baillou's pocket atlas 'Nuovo Atlante Generale'. Information on the map is minimal, but an extensive key gives the names of the various regions.
[Ref: 13000]    £450.00 ($569 • €500 rates)


 Indochina 

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [A Ptolemaic map of Burma and the Malay Peninsula]
Tabula Asiae XI. Basle: Henri Petri, c.1550. Woodcut. Sheet 300 x 380mm.
Ptolemy's map of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh, Burma, the Malay Peninsula and Gulf of Thailand. The 'Aurea Chersonesus' (Golden Chersonese) is probably Sumatra, mistakenly connected to the mainland. The landmass in the bottom right connects Asia to the 'Terra Australis' that created a land-locked Indian Ocean. To the left is a vignette of three exotic birds and an odd-looking lion. From Munster's edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'.
[Ref: 18791]    £650.00 ($822 • €723 rates)


VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [Map of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula showing Singapore from Varthema's Travels]
Sumatra Insula. Leipzig: Heironymus Megister, 1610. 75 x 110mm.
Map of Malay Peninsula showing Singapore, engraved by Heinrich Gross jnr. for a German edition of the travels of Ludovico di Varthema (or Barthema, c. 1470-1517), the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Born in Bologna, he travelled to Egypt and Syria in 1503, where he learned enough to enlist as a Mamluk in Damascus. Under this cover he made the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina as one of the Mamluk escort of the Hajj caravan the same year. His account has satisfied later scholars, including Richard Burton, as authentic. From Arabia he travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Borneo & the Moluccas. In 1506, wishing to return home, he joined the Portuguese garrison at Kannur in India, with whom he stayed untill he could join a ship returning to Europe in late 1507. His account then describes the east coast of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, St Helena, Ascension and the Azores before landing at Lisbon. He returned to Italy, publishing this account for the first time in 1510. Not in Tibbetts.
[Ref: 13205]    £480.00 ($607 • €534 rates)


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