Project Description

(B6)  Title:  Ancient Asia According to its General Divisions and Names of its Countries together with their Chief Cities Rivers Mountains,” from Edward Wells’ A New Sett of Maps both of Ancient and Present Geography.  Oxford (1701).  Steel engraving, hand colored.  Image size is approx. 20 x 15 inches (approx. 51 x 38 cm).  Shrink wrapped in double mat with suede surface.  Mat size is approx. 26 x 20 inches (approx. 66 x 51 cm).

Discussion:  Attractive map showing continental Asia with most of her islands, and portions of north east Africa.  The landmasses known in the time of Ptolemy (i.e. 100 ad) are outlined with darker hachures than the more eastern regions yet explored.  Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia appear with notations that they were not know or explored by the ancients.  The mythical lake Chiamay is seen in China and the origins of the Nile are represented as inaccurately portrayed by Ptolemy.  The map includes numerous notations of historic interest, as well as three separate cartouches.  In one, the map is dedicated to William, Duke of Gloucester, who was a pupil of Edward Wells at Oxford.

Condition:  Some wear along edges, and left edge has been remargined with new paper.  Image remains crisp and clear, and contemporary coloring remains bright.  Overall, Good condition.

Price:  $650.00   Sold