Aa, Pieter van der


Fine antique framed map of Tartary or north central Asia

Kaart van Tartaryen Volgens de Voyagien Gedaan door Iohan du Plan Carpin en Ascelin. Inde Iaaren 1246 - 1247.

DESCRIPTION: Matted and framed…

Attractive, 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.

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.

Matted and framed measures 17" x 13". Map itself, ca. 1713 within an elaborate and decorative printed border.

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, composée de nouvelles cartes tres-exactes", published from Leiden in 1713.

CREATOR: Aa, Pieter van der




CONDITION: Good.  Matted and framed. Not examined out of frame but likely the engraving is dry mounted to mat board. Gold colored frame with a few chips and dings.

COLORING: Old hand coloring.


SIZE: 11 " x 8 "


PRICE: $240


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