"L'Asie Dressee sur les observations de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Delisle/Schenk
Period: 1708 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23 x 17.7 inches
58.4 x 45 cm
This scarce map of Asia is a revision of Delisle's 1700 map of the continent. In this map, Schenk completes the coastline of northeastern Siberia between the peninsula of Novaya Zemlya and Japan including Witsen's mountainous peninsula that juts into the sea, with a notation stating that it is unknown how far the peninsula extends. Hokkaido (Terre d'Yeco) is still attached to Japan, but there is now a narrow strait separating it from the mainland. Only the southern shoreline of Terre de la Compagnie is shown with a reference to the alleged discoveries of Joao de Gama. The map is boldly engraved and decorated with a title cartouche featuring a procession representing the silk road commerce.
References: Yeo #106.
Very dark impression with original color and a bit of minor foxing. Professional paper restoration the lower corners, not affecting the map.