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MAC 006 Asia with the Islands adioyning described

by on Sep.16, 2012, under Asian Continent

Antique engraved map of the Asian continent, in a decorative border with miniature bird’s eye views of Asian cities and , down the sides, costumes of the inhabitants of various parts of Asia. Dated in the plate 1626 , English text on verso.

By John Speed, from his Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World, published 1627-1676 (probably the 1627 or 1631/32 edition as it bears the name of the publisher George Humble). This was the first world atlas produced by an Englishman

John Speed (1152-1629) is the most famous of all English map-makers and author of the Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine published in 1612. Speed imitated the style of the famous Dutch map makers and had his plates engraved in Amsterdam (this one is signed by Abraham Goos).

404 x 512 mm.

Especially attractive contemporary colouring. Very good condition (top margin reinforced and tear has been repaired –visible only on verso)

$A7000

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