Auction 129, Lot 751

"L'Asie Dressee sur les observations de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Delisle, Guillaume

Subject: Asia

Period: 1700 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 18 inches
59.2 x 45.7 cm

This is the fist edition of Delisle's atlas map of Asia, reduced from his important wall map. Delisle, known for his scientific cartography, leaves the region of northeastern Siberia incomplete between Novaya Zemlya and Terre d'Yeco. Japan is attached to Terre d'Yeco, which is itself attached to the mainland. A partial coastline of Terre de la Compagnie lies to the east of Japan 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. Delisle's imprint at Rue des Canettes in the cartouche.

References: Yeo #85.

Condition: A

Nice impression and lovely old color. There are a couple tiny edge tears, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $700 - $900

Sold for: $500

Closed on 9/23/2009