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Publisher: KOPPMAYER, J.
Title: Die Grosse Tartari.
Published in: Augsburg, 1689
   
Size: 10.0 x 13.0 inches.
25.5 x 33.0 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: Dark impression. Mint condition.
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Rare map showing Siberia, Korea with part of the Caspian Sea to the West, as well as India and North Russia. The title in an oval cartouche in upper right corner
The map represented as a rolled tapestry, with in margin a landscape with Rhubarb plants.
The Chinese call rhubarb "the great yellow" (dà huáng ??), and have used rhubarb root for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. During Islamic times, it was imported along the Silk Road, reaching Europe in the 14th century through the ports of Aleppo and Smyrna, where it became known as "Turkish rhubarb".
Later, it also started arriving via the new maritime routes, or overland through Russia. The "Russian rhubarb" was the most valued, probably because of the rhubarb-specific quality control system maintained by the Russian Empire.

The cost of transportation across Asia made rhubarb expensive in medieval Europe. It was several times the price of other valuable herbs and spices such as cinnamon, opium, and saffron. The merchant explorer Marco Polo therefore searched for the place where the plant was grown and harvested, discovering that it was cultivated in the mountains of Tangut province.




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