Auction 122, Lot 669

"Asia", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Asia

Period: 1705 (published)

Publication: Algemeene Weereldtbeschryving

Color: Hand Color

10.6 x 7.5 inches
26.9 x 19.1 cm

This fine map of Asia depicts an attractive and intriguing view of the continent and the East Indies with the cartography of the larger Sanson map of 1652. This map shows a large, dramatic version of Terre de Jesso, drawn from the discoveries of the Maarten de Vries expedition of 1643. Here Sanson incorporated De Vries information by combining Hokkaido and the southern Kurils into a huge island, shown with the two place names of le Tessoy P and Matzumay. Korea is depicted as an island. This version of the map extends another 10° west to include part of New Guinea, identified here as the Terre de Papous. Engraved by Antoine d' Winter for a pirated Dutch edition of Sanson's small atlas. This edition has had the title slightly altered from L'Asie to Asia.

References: cf Yeo #47.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/5/2007