Auction 123, Lot 651

"L'Asie Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes don’t les Point Principaux Sount Placez sur les Obervations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Asia

Period: 1700 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux

Color: Hand Color

13 x 9.3 inches
33 x 23.6 cm

This is an interesting and very unusual map of the Asian continent. The map is based primarily on Dutch sources, particularly the outlines of Siberia and the East Indies. However, the most striking feature, which is original to De Fer, is a continuous landbridge extending from northern Korea and eastern Siberia across to America. A note acknowledges Portuguese sources for this new portrayal of the region. Hokkaido (Ieso) appears as a small circular island north of Japan. The northern coastline of Asia is based on Witsen's explorations including Cap Tabin and Cap Glace. The interior is filled with details, including what appears to be a road from Moscow to Peking, and the Great Wall of China. The Caspian Sea is presented in an unusual shape. The coastline of a portion of New Guinea is incorrectly named as Nouvelle Zeelande. Graced with three beautifully designed cartouches.

References: Yeo #82.

Condition: A

A nice example with a couple of professionally repaired tears in the lower margin, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/20/2008