Auction 103, Lot 437

"L'Asie", Sanson, Nicolas Fils

Subject: Asia

Period: 1715 (published)


Color: Black & White

10.9 x 7.4 inches
27.7 x 18.8 cm

Attractive map of the continent and the East Indies with the cartography of the larger Sanson map of 1652. Japan is one large island, based on Jesuit sources. There is a huge land mass to the north of Japan which is named here Terre de Iesso, Yezo ou Sesso, a Jesuit name for Hokkaido and an exaggeration of the Dutch discoveries of De Vries. Korea is depicted as an island.

References: Yeo #47.

Condition: A

Lovely example with a crisp, dark impression. One very tiny wormhole in upper blank margin.

Estimate: $200 - $250


Closed on 6/11/2003