Lot 530: Blaeu map of Tartary 1635

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2016-01-13 11:47:36

Lot 530: Author: Blaeu, Willem; Title: Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: c.1635; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline; 2 hand-colored pictorial cartouches. 38.3x49.8 cm (15x19½").Blaeu's map of Tartaria and northern China with information compiled by the English and Dutch explorers as well as the reports of Marco Polo and the Greek classics. The title is symbolically engraved onto the saddle blanket of a camel, representing the trade over the Silk Road. Tiny devils and dragons frolic in the desert outside the Great Wall and numerous notes fill the unexplored regions. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Light rubbing along centerfold with short marginal split and a few marginal chips; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $400-600
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