Normal contrast version. (See CT1MRY for high contrast version). Tartaria or Tartary, Seventeenth century antique map of the world by Petrus Kaerius (Pieter van den Keere) 1646 from John Speed's 'Prospect of the most Famous Parts of the World' published by George and Ric(hard) Chiswell London 1675. This was known as the 'miniature Speed' atlas. The original is 12.1 x 8.45 cm 4.75 x 3.3 inches approximately printed area. This photograph is four times actual size at 300 pixels per inch. 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 Siberia, Turkestan, Mongolia, and Manchuria.