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SPEED, John.
A Newe Mape of Tartary.
London, Bassett & Chiswell, 1676. Coloured. 395 x 515mm, with wide margins. A highly decorative map of the Russian Empire, finely engraved by Dirck Gryp for Speed's 'Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World', with eight costume vignettes down the sides and four city prospects, including Astrakan & Samarkand, along the top. On the map the Caspian Sea is still wider than it is tall; the Straits on Anian appear with no sign of Kamchatka; and Korea is an island.
Bookseller: Altea Antique Maps [London, United Kingdom]
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