Asia

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688Coming Soon!DetailsMagini, Giovanni Antonio1598
Asia and U.S. West Coast- Tartariae Imperium
Magini, Giovanni Antonio
1598
$450.00Magini--Giovanni-AntonioAsia-and-U-S--West-Coast--Tartariae-ImperiumVery old antique map of China, Japan, Russia, and the West Coast of the United States : "Americae vel Novi Orbis Pars" by G.A. Magini ca. 1598. California is identified by name and is shown attached to the continent. Alaska and Canada are truncated with the coast of North America shown trending to the North rather than to the West. Above North America the Scythian Ocean "Oceanus Scythicus" extends to the Arctic Circle. There is a hint of the Mississippi River drainage but it is greatly misplaced to the West and empties into the "Mar Vermeio" or Vermillion Sea. Also mis-identified is the "Stretto di Anian", part of the much sought after but elusive Northwest Passage. North of Japan, in the vicinity of the Bering Sea, not discovered at that time, the author identifies "Mare Cin". <br></br> This old map of Asia is characterized by careful, neat engraving and lettering with the continents set apart from the sea by a finely stippled background. <br></br> Coverage includes Cazones, Y. de Cedri (Cedros Island) off the coast of Baja California, "Y delle Perle" or Pearl Islands off the coast of Panama. Cartouches contain Latin inscriptions while the surrounding text is in Italian. After an earlier map by Abraham Ortelius ca. 1570. Page 167. Plate XXVIII (28).
1381Coming Soon!DetailsAa, Pieter van der1713
Fine antique framed map of Tartary or north central Asia
Aa, Pieter van der
1713
$360.00Aa--Pieter-van-derFine-antique-framed-map-of-Tartary-or-north-central-AsiaAttractive, framed copper-engraved antique map of Tartary by Pieter van der Aa. The name "Tartary" was used until the twentieth century to designate the great tract of northern and central Asia stretching from the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Tartary consisted of the high plateau of central Asia and its north-western slopes, which formed part of the Tartar empire in the Middle Ages. <br></br> Includes the Black Sea ("Pontus Euxinus"), Caspian Sea ("Mare Caspium") and western Mediterranean Sea ("Mare Mediterraneum"). Covers parts or all of modern-day Turkey, Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Syria, Iraq, China, Nepal, and Afghanistan. <br></br> Matted and framed measures 17" x 13". Map itself, ca. 1713 within an elaborate and decorative printed border. <br></br> Pieter van der Aa (1659 - 1733) was a Dutch publisher working in Leiden during the early eighteenth century. He is best known for publishing maps and atlases, though he also printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated volumes. Van de AA's use of stock mock-frame borders is a characteristic for which he is well known. The map shows evidence of two plate marks, one for the mock-frame and the second interior platemark for the smaller map which was printed inside the mock-frame. From "Le nouveau theatre du monde. ou La geographie royale, composeĢe de nouvelles cartes tres-exactes", published from Leiden in 1713.
1357Coming Soon!DetailsDuchesne, J.B.P.1729
Fine antique hand colored map of Asia
Duchesne, J.B.P.
1729
$125.00Duchesne--J-B-P-Fine-antique-hand-colored-map-of-AsiaInteresting small antique map of Asia by the Jesuit J.B.P. Duchesne published in "La Science de La Jeune Noblesse", a two volume manual written by Duchesne and published in Paris in 1729 with a set of world maps. The maps in that volume were part of a manual intended for young noblemen which also included heraldry and genealogical tables.
685Coming Soon!DetailsJanvier, Robert (Jean)1762
l'Asie Divisee en Ses Principaux Etats
Janvier, Robert (Jean)
1762
$350.00Janvier--Robert-(Jean)l-Asie-Divisee-en-Ses-Principaux-EtatsAn attractive, hand-colored antique map depicting the Asian continent from the Red Sea in the West to Java and the Moluccas in the South as far East as the Bering Strait. This old map covers Saudi Arabia, India, Iraq, Iran, the Caspian Sea, Black Sea, Japan, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Malaku Islands ( Isles Moluques ), Phillipine Islands, Korea ( Coree ), Japan and Kamchatka. In South East Asia, New Guinea ( Nouvelle Guinee ) is elongated with an indistinct outline of its coasts stretching off the map, hinting at a connection with Australia. <br></br> Janvier further identifies the mythical 'Detroit du Nord ou d'Anian' off the easternmost point of the Asian Continent. Anian is generally considered to be an undiscovered land or strait in the extreme northwestern part of America. The earliest known reference to Anian is in the narratives of Marco Polo, who describes it as 'East of India'. In many early maps Anian appears as an imaginary proto-Bering Strait, the Strait of Anian, separating Asia from America as part of the Northwest Passage, which was hoped would shorten the passage to the riches of the orient. The concept of the Strait of Anian lingered on maps after the Bering Strait was explored by Vitus Bering in 1728, until the northwest coast of North America had been well mapped. <br></br> Title cartouche at right suggests the rich and exotic destinations on the map through a depiction of rugs and other riches along with incense burning in a large censer topped with a crescent signifying Islamic origin. <br></br> Published by Lattre as plate 24 in "Atlas moderne ou collection de cartes sur toutes les parties du globe terrestre ar plusieurs auteurs." Paris, 1762 with Royal Privilege.
1382Coming Soon!DetailsMentelle and Chanlaire1798
Fine antique 18th-century map with Europe and Asia
Mentelle and Chanlaire
1798
$220.00Mentelle-and-ChanlaireFine-antique-18th-century-map-with-Europe-and-AsiaBeautifully engraved and hand-colored map centered on the Arabian Peninsula with much of that area designated "Arabia Deserta". Includes Scandinavia, north Africa, India, China, Sri Lanka ("Taprobana"), and much more. The title indicates that the coverage includes those portions of the world's surface that were known to exist in antiquity. Engraaved by Tardieu. <br></br> The curved map projection and the fine coloring work act synergistically to emphasize the curvature of the earth's surface. <br></br> Published from Paris by French cartographers E. Mentelle and Pierre-Giles Chanlaire. Edme Mentelle (1730 - 1816) was a French geographer and historian in Paris who studied under the historian Jean-Baptiste Louis Crevier at the College of Beauvais. After accepting a position as professor of Geology and History at the Ecole Militaire he tutored students including the young Napoleon Bonaparte. Mentelle published a number of important geographical works including the 1778 Geographie Comparee, the 1779 Atlas Universel, and the 1801 Cours Complet de Cosmographie, de Chronologie, de Geographie et d'Histoire. Plate 3.