1844 Spruneri Map of Asia in the 15th and 16th Centuries (Ming China)
Description: This fascinating hand colored map depicts Asia in the 10th and 16th centuries. This period roughly corresponds to the Ming Dyansty in China, the incursions of Persia and Portugal in India, and the beginning of the Russian Expansion. The Timur dynasty ruled Persia. Singapur (Singapor) is labeled. All text is in German. Issued in the 1870 edition of Stielerís 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 14 in height x 17 inches in width (35.56 x 43.18 centimeters)
Condition: Fine or perfect condition. Margins wide. Blank on verso.
Code: AsiaXVXVI-spruneri-1855 (to order by phone call: 646-483-0487)
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