Asia with the Islands adjoining described, the atire of the people, & Townes of importance.

Speed, John.

Book ID: 7621


Two sheets, 392 x 510 mm, copper engraved map, costumed figures in side-borders, town plans in upper border, some cuts to borders, London, G. Humble, 1626.


Nice example of the first edition of Speed’s map of Asia, decorated with 10 costumed figures and 8 town plans of important early Asian cities (Candy, Goa, Damascus, Jerusalem, Ormus, Bantam, Aden and Macao). Korea is shown as a slender oddly projected Peninsula.
The Great Wall of China is shown, along with an Elephant above the source of the Ganges. A nice simple/naïve Northeast Passage is shown, along with a piece of North America and sea monsters in the extreme North Pacific and Southern Indian Sea. The text on the verso presents a fascinating Anglocentric view of Asia in the early 17th Century.

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