Antique Maps of the Asia Continent

Asiæ Nova Descriptio Auctore Jodoco Hondio.


HONDIUS, Jodocus.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1606-.

In 1604, Jodocus Hondius (Sr) acquired the plates of Mercator's Atlas, in order to complete with Ortelius's 'Theatrum' he added a further 37 new maps, these maps first appeared in the 1606 edition. This map of Asia is one of the new maps with improvements, Korea is now shown, but as an island, the shape of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is more accurate and the mythical Lake Chyamai, unnamed here, is located to the north-east of India, as opposed to northern Thailand in Mercator's original.

Condition: Finely coloured; very minor marginal spotting and soiling, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 375 x 505mm (14¾ x 20 inches).

Reference: 10779

Price: £1150

Asiæ Nova Descriptio.


DE WIT, Frederick.

Origin: Amsterdam, c.1670.

A highly decorative carte-a-figures map of the Asian Continent. Cartographic detail includes the Dutch discoveries made by Abel Tasman in Australasia & Maarten Vries to the north of Japan. Native figures form the side borders and six town plans form the upper border, they include; Ormus, Aden, Jerusalem and Damascus.

Condition: Original colour; light soiling mainly to the margins, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 440 x 560mm (17¼ x 22 inches).

Reference: 10496

Price: £2250

Asia Nova Descriptio.


ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Origin: Antwerp, 1588, Spanish text edition.

A fine early map of asia, the second plate produced for the atlas after 1575.

Condition: Finely coloured; excellent condition.

Size: 370 x 490mm (14½ x 19¼ inches).

Reference: 6699

Price: £1150

Asia Vetus.


SANSON, Nicolas.

Origin: Paris, 1667.

A fine map of Ancient Asia, this edition carries the date 1667. Nicolas Sanson was instrumental in the rise of French cartography, although the fierce competition from the Dutch would last until the end of the 17th century. His success was partly due to the partnership with the publisher Pierre Mariette. In 1644, Mariette managed to purchase the business of Melchior Tavernier and also gave Sanson financial support in producing the maps. In 1657 Pierre Marriette died, however his son, also named Pierre, continued the business as co-publisher for some years afterwards.

Condition: Original outline colour; light marginal spotting, overall fine condition.

Size: 405 x 565mm (16 x 22¼ inches).

Reference: 12278

Price: £380

Asia ex magna orbis terrae descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris desumpta studio et industria G.M. junioris.



Origin: Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1636, French text edition.

A fine map of the whole of Asia originally published 1595, and showing part of Alaska, top right and part of Australia in the bottom right corner.

Condition: Coloured; very light marginal soiling, otherwise a fine example.

Size: 375 x 470mm (14¾ x 18½ inches).

Reference: 11983

Price: £980

Asia noviter delineata.


BLAEU, Johannes.

Origin: Amsterdam, 1663, French text edition.

One of the most decorative maps of the whole continent available. The top set of vignettes include Goa, Damascus, Jerusalem, Aden and Macao.

Condition: Original colour, light overall age-toning, short repaired tear to upper margin, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 410 x 560mm (16¼ x 22 inches).

Reference: 8442

Price: £2600

Asia recens summa cura delineata.


HONDIUS, Henricus.

Origin: Amsterdam, H.Hondius,1637.

A very decorative map of Asia, first published 1631.

Condition: Fine original colour; some old creasing to lower centrefold, light age-toning to margins, otherwise a very good example.

Size: 375 x 495mm (14¾ x 19½ inches).

Reference: 11841

Price: £1100




Origin: London, 1851.

An attractive and well detailed steel plate engraving of Asia with further engraved vignettes including views of Petra, Tartars, Russian Peasants and indigenous fauna. John Tallis is without question one of the most renowned cartographers and publisher of the C19th. His maps are the last of the lavishly decorated and ornamental maps, considered to be works of art as well as geographically accurate. He was born in Stourbridge in Worcestershire in about 1818 and it is likely that he stayed in the Midlands working as a publisher in Birmingham, until he moved to London in the early 1840′s.

Condition: Original outline colour; trimmed close to bottom margin with no loss, otherwise a fine unfolded example.

Size: 260 x 330mm (10¼ x 13 inches).

Reference: 8275

Price: £110




Origin: Paris, 1856.

A steel engraving, with finely engraved vignette borders with ten costume vignettes.

Condition: Original outline colour; paper lightly age-toned in the margins with minor soiling, otherwise very good.

Size: 315 x 450mm (12½ x 17¾ inches).

Reference: 4964

Price: £90

[No title].



Origin: Strassburg, Joannes Grüninger, 1522.

From the third edition of Ptolemy's geography published at Strassburg, edited by Laurentius Fries. A slightly reduced version of Martin Waldseemüller's map of 1513. The 'modern' map of Asia, with no title, shows part of the Arabian Peninsular, India and the Malaysian Peninsular. The Latin text on the verso is accompanied by a superb woodcut - said to be the work of Albrecht Dürer.

Condition: Uncoloured woodcut; slight brown stain in the centrefold, probably oil, well away from printed area, otherwise fine.

Size: 295 x 440mm (11½ x 17¼ inches).

Reference: 7232

Price: £1950