Rare Example Without Panels
Rare English map of Asia, engraved by Robert Walton.
The map follows the cartography of early maps by Nicholas Visscher the Elder and Joan Blaeu, but has been completely re-engraved, with English nomenclature and annotations.
The present example would appear to be an early impression. We acquired the map as part of an incomplete copy of a book with the set of 4 Walton maps bound, although the book did not call for the maps, suggesting that the panels may have been removed at an early date. The advertisement at the top right notes:
you may desire a description of the severall countries either of this or any of the other parts may have one either pasted about it, or them or else you have the most usefull booke called a Cosmpographicall and Geographicall description of the whole world which is, but of smal price and it to be bought at the same place as this map is, where they are printed, coulered and sould as also pictures and the best copy bookes:
The Cosmpographicall and Geographicall description of the whole world referenced in the Walton map is almost certainly Thomas Porter's A compendious view or cosmographical and geographical of the whole world, which is recorded in a single example at the British Museum. Only a single example of Porter's A compendious view has appeared at auction (Sothebys 1965), which was apparently lacking the maps.
The Walton map is rare. This is the second example we have offered for sale and the first without panels.