"L'Asia Secondo Le ultime osservazioni Divisa ne' suoi Stati Principali", Cassini, Giovanni Maria
Period: 1788 (dated)
Publication: Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale
Color: Hand Color
18.2 x 13 inches
46.2 x 33 cm
This uncommon map of Asia is well rendered and extends to include all of the East Indies. This is one of the first maps to name Alaska (Alghka), which appears in the upper right corner of the map as a long peninsula and series of small islands. Australia is obscured by an ornate title cartouche featuring the allegorical portrayal of Asia, represented as a maiden sitting on a camel surrounded by putti and the rich abundance of the continent.
References: Yeo #199.
Original color in pale pastel colors. Minor surface soil in margins.