Grande Tartarie' (De L'Asie)
Original 17th century copperplate map, 1683
Title of the map: 'Grande Tartarie'
The image below shows an enlarged cross section from the centre of the map to
show the level of printed detail:
Tartary (Latin: Tartaria) or Great Tartary (Latin: Tartaria Magna) was a name
used by Europeans from the Middle Ages until the twentieth century to designate
the Great Steppe, that is the great tract of northern and central Asia
stretching from the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean
inhabited mostly by Turkic, Mongol peoples and also by some Cossacks of Russian
origin, citizens of the Mongol Empire who were generically referred to as
Tartars", i.e. Tatars. It incorporated the current areas of Pontic-Caspian
steppe, Volga-Urals, Caucasus, Siberia, Turkestan, Mongolia, and Manchuria.
Tartary was often divided into sections with prefixes denoting the name of the
ruling power or the geographical location. Thus, western Siberia was Muscovite
or Russian Tartary, Xinjiang and Mongolia were Chinese or Cathay Tartary,
western Turkestan (later Russian Turkestan) was known as Independent Tartary,
and Manchuria was East Tartary. As the Russian Empire expanded eastward and
more of Tartary became known to Europeans, the term fell into disuse. Tartary
never existed as a formal political state, but was ancient part of a Mongol
state created by Genghis Khan. European areas north of the Black Sea inhabited
by Turkic peoples were known as Little Tartary. Marked on the map are Catay
Cathay), Kalmouques, Usbeck, Turquestan, Perse, Niulan, Yupi, Tibet (and
DATE PRINTED: 1683
IMAGE SIZE: Approx Overall page size 13 x 21cm approximately (5 x 8 inches);
image size 10.5 x 14.5cm approximately (4 x 5.5 inches)
ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Allain Manesson Mallet
PROVENANCE: "Description de l'Univers", contenant les differents systemes du
Monde, les Cartes generales & particulieres de la Geographie Ancienne &
Moderne: Les Plans & les Profils des principales Villes & des autres lieux
considerables de la Terre; avec les portraits de Souverains qui y commandent,
leurs Blasons, Titres & Livrees: Et les Moeurs, Religions, Gouvernements &
divers habillemens de chaque Nation, dedieé au Roy, par Allain Manesson Mallet.
Paris, Chez Denys Thierry, Rue S. Jacques, MDCLXXXIII (First edition, Paris,
TYPE: Original 17th century copperplate map
VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side
CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown
may have been taken from a different example of this map than that which is
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be minor variations in the condition from that shown in the image. Please check
the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all
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AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date
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under pressure by any method including wood engraving, steel engraving,
copperplate, wood cut and lithography.
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