Turner, Richard (Rev.)

1799

Antique Miniature Map of Asia

Asia - An 18th-century antique miniature map.

DESCRIPTION: Antique miniature map of Asia by Turner. Includes India, Tibet, China, Japan, Arabia, Persia, Siberia, New Britain, and the Philippine Islands. Hand colored on paper with watermark.

From one of the smallest geographical atlases issued in the 18th century: A New and Easy Introduction to Universal Geography. First issued in 1794. Reverend Richard Turner's most successful publication went through at least 11 editions. Verso blank.

Within Letter XXIII of Turner's Universal Geography the author introduces the reader to the geography, dress, climate, and culture of the region.
Asia … is superior to Europe and Africa in the extent of its territories, stretching into all climates; from the frozen wilds of Siberia, where the hardy inhabitants, clothed in furs, are drawn in sledges over the snow; to the sultry regions of India and Siam, where, seated upon lofty elephants, the people shelter themselves from the scorching sun by spreading umbrella.
In two paragraphs Turner lays out the riches available in the region and then describes those peoples in unflattering terms which some could argue formed the basis for exploiting those same resources.
Most of the islands lying

CREATOR: Turner, Richard (Rev.)

PUBLICATION DATE: 1799

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: China

BODY OF WATER: Indian Ocean

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean with ample margins. On fine watermarked, laid paper. Strong impression.

COLORING: Later outline hand color.

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SIZE: 4 " x 3 "

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PRICE: $95


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