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 Central Asia 

WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin. [The Fries map of South Asia]
Indiæ Tabula Moderna. Vienne, Gaspar Trechsel, 1541. Woodcut, printed area 320 x 440mm.
Southern Asia, with Eastern Arabia and the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea. Of interest is the transferral of Taprobana to the coast of the Malay Peninsula, and the appearance of Indo-China as a tiny peninsula marked 'fulicandora'. Over India is a depiction of 'suttee', Hindu widow-burning; however Fries has added a horned devil to add to the titillation. This is the last issue of Fries' reduction of Wäldseemüller's map of 1513, prepared not for a Ptolemy edition but for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller. His death c.1520 caused the project to be shelved, so the woodcuts were used to publish a smaller sized and so cheaper edition of the 'Geography'. TIBBETTS: Arabia in Early Maps, 17.
[Ref: 17910]    £2,100.00 ($2,785 • €2,371 rates)

MUNSTER, Sebastian. [Woodcut map of Sri Lanka as Taprobana]
Sumatra Ein Grosse Insel / So Von Den alten Geographen Taprobana Basle c.1574, German text edition. Coloured. 270 x 350mm.
Munster's Ptolemaic map of Taprobana, the Roman conception of Sri Lanka, which they had never visited but knew as the source of the cinammon they bought from Arab merchants. Later mapmakers could not reconcile the positions of Taprobana and Sri Lanka, so decided that it was actually Sumatra. To the left of the map is a rather ferocious looking elephant above a cartouche of text. From a German text edition of Munster's Cosmography.
[Ref: 18471]    £480.00 ($636 • €542 rates)

SELLER, John. [A rare English sea chart of the Western Indian Ocean dedicated to the East India Company]
A Chart of the Western part of the East Indies. With all the Aejacent Islands from Cape Bona Esperanca to Cape Comorin. London: John Seller, John Colson, William Fisher & James Atkinson, c.1678. 430 x 545mm. A few small repairs.
A fine sea chart of the western Indian Ocean, dedicated to the East India Company. Orientated with north to the left, it shows from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Comorin in India, with the coasts of both the Red Sea and Persian Gulf surrounded by names. The title is within an ornate cartouche surmounted with the original arms of the East India Company, replaced in 1709. Originally published by Seller in 1675, this example was issued during the short-lived consortium of the four publishers, 1677-8, brought about by Seller's financial difficulties. At the time the Portuguese still had footholds on the eastern African including at Mombasa; before the end of the century the Omani Empire had driven them out.
[Ref: 18233]    £2,000.00 ($2,652 • €2,258 rates)

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Mughal costume]
Mogols Paris, c. 1682, 155 x 110mm.
Copper engraving of a man and woman entitled .Mogols'. Published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 17381]    £65.00 ($86 • €73 rates)

MALLET, Alain Manesson. [Depiction of the Mughal emperor]
Le Grand Mogol. Paris, c. 1682, 155 x 110mm.
Copper engraving of the Grand Mogul or Mughal, which was a titled used by Europeans for the ruler of the Muhgal Empire. The Mughals used the tile Padishah. Published in the 'Description de l'Univers'.
[Ref: 17380]    £65.00 ($86 • €73 rates)

MULLER, Johann Ulrich. [Uncommon Miniature Map of the Maldives]
Insulæ Maldivæ theilen sich... Ulm, 1692. 70 x 80mm, set in text.

[Ref: 8938]    £115.00 ($152 • €130 rates)

MORTIER, Pieter. [A detailed sea chart of the Indian Ocean]
Carte Particuliere d'une partie d'Asie ou sont Les Isles d'Andemaon, Ceylan, Les Maldives. Partie Occidentale d'une Partie d'Asie ou sont les Isles de Zocotora, de l'Amirante. Amsterdam, c.1705. Original colour. 605 x 890mm.
A large chart of the Indian Ocean, with the coastlines of Arabia, Persia, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Burma. It appeared both in the famous 'Neptune Francois' and in Mortier's re-issue of Jaillot's 'Atlas Nouveau', as this example. KOEMAN: Mor 1.
[Ref: 17566]    £1,900.00 ($2,519 • €2,145 rates)

HOMANN, Johann Baptist. [Prospects of fifteen cities of Central Asia]
Verschiedene Prospecte der Vornemsten Stäten in Persien samt vorderst einer unfern dem Caspischen Meer, dem Russichen Reich zugehörig, , gelegenen Stadt, zu mehrerem Liecht und Erleuterung der neu-verfertigten Persianischen Land-Charten. Nuremberg, 1724. Original colour. 500 x 590mm. Restoration to left edge.
A scarce plate illustrating fifteen cities of central Asia: Astrakhan and Derbent in Russia; Tblisi in Georgia; Kars and Erzerum in eastern Turkey; Baku and Shamakhi in Azerbaijan; Sultanje and Kashan in Iraq; Erivan in Armenia; Schiraz, Isfahan, Bandar Abbas and Ardabil in Persia; and Kandahar in Afghanistan.
[Ref: 17992]    £625.00 ($829 • €706 rates)

DU HALDE, Johann Baptiste. [Large scale map of Tibet and environs on nine sheets]
The first Sheet included in ye Map of Tibet .. [& Sheets 2 - 9] London: T.Gardner for E. Cave, 1738-41. Coloured. 9 sheets each approximately 330 x 480mm.
The first large scale map of Tibet and Western China, made up of nine separate sheets. This highly comprehensive eighteenth century map of the region was compiled from extensive Jesuit surveys carried out in 1717. The Jesuits used maps prepared by "Lama Mathematicians" as a basis. Engraved by Emanuel Bowen, this is from an English Edition of Du Halde's 'Descriptions De La Chine'.
[Ref: 16293]    £2,800.00 ($3,713 • €3,161 rates)

GIBSON, John. [Map of the Caspian Sea and Independent Tartary]
A Map of the Routs of the Russian Embassy to Persia in 1746, on the Western Coast; also of Mr George Thompson's Journey on the East; And the Author's Travels on the South Coast; of the Caspian Sea. Mr Van Mierop's Journey to Meschel. London, 1753. Coloured. 470 x 510mm.
A map of the Caspian Sea region, from 'An Historical Account of the British Trade Over the Caspian Sea' by Jonas Hanaway (1712-86), plotting the routes of several expeditions through the Caucasus and Intependent Tartary in the mid C18th. Many names made famous by the stories of the Silk Road, including Samarkand, Bokharia and Khiva are marked. An interesting note reads 'Mountains in which Persians pretend are Gold Mines'.
[Ref: 18045]    £725.00 ($961 • €819 rates)

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