1855 Spruner Map of Asia 200 B.C.E ( Han China, Seleucid Empire )
Description: This fascinating hand colored map depicts Asia at the beginning of the 2nd century B.C.E. This period corresponds with the Han dynasty of China, the rise of the Hiongnu Empire in Mongolia, and the Seleucid Turk Empire in Persia. All text is in German, but the title roughly translates as “Asia with beginning of the second century before Christ. Time of the Seleuciden and the Turk of realm Hiong-nu in High Asia.” Map was originally part of the 1855 edition of Karl von Spruner’s Historical Hand Atlas.
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Cartographer: Justus Perthes (1749 - 1812) was one of the most important German cartographic engravers of the 19th century. Perthes began his publishing empire with the 1784 issue of the famed survey of European nobility known as the Almanac de Gotha. In 1817 Perthes switched his focus to cartographic publishing. From 1817 to 1890 the Perthes firm would issue thousands of maps for more than 20 different atlases. Along with the visionary editors Stieler, Peterman, Meyer and Spruner, the Perthes firm pioneered the Hand Atlas. He also produced a number of important wall maps and case maps. Perthes maps are admired for their steel plate engraving, incredible detail, dedication to accuracy, and fine colorization. The Justus Perthes firm continues to produce maps and atlases to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps from Justus Perthes.
Size: Printed area measures 17 x 14 inches (43.18 x 35.56 centimeters)
Condition: Fine or perfect condition. Margins wide. Blank on verso.
Code: AsiaChristus-spruner-1855 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)