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Auction 106, Lot 453

"Asiae Recentissima Delineatio, Qua Status et Imperia Totius Orientis ,unacum Orientalibus Indiis…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Asia

Period: 1712 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19 inches
58.4 x 48.3 cm
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Bold and very decorative map of Asia with a particularly interesting depiction of Japan. Hokkaido and Honshu (Terra Yedso) are joined together by a narrow isthmus and separated from the mainland by a wide straight. An accompanying note acknowledges Scherer as the source, although the orientation of Yedso and Companies Land appears to be based on the Delisle model. A huge lake appears in Tibet and is named the legendary Chiamay. A second lake is shown in the position usually occupied by Lake Chiamay, but here it is named L. Cananor Cunabete. In Southeast Asia the straits between New Guinea and Australia appear in a tentative fashion, noting Dampier's Strait and a disembodied Carpenteria with no definite northern limit. The map is decorated with two elaborate cartouches. The lower title cartouche features an Asian queen holding court, while the upper cartouche features a ceremonial procession.

References: Yeo #109.

Condition: B

Bit of minor foxing. Old paper repairs on centerfold.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $750

Closed on 3/3/2004