Auction 134, Lot 618

"L'Asie selon les Memoires les plus Nouveaux", Coronelli/Nolin

Subject: Asia

Period: 1690 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.3 x 17.5 inches
59.2 x 44.5 cm

This is a slightly reduced version of Coronelli's important, two-sheet map of Asia, which was also published in 1690. It covers less of Africa, Australia, and the Pacific islands. It reflects the geographic activities of the Jesuits in East Asia and several important explorations. The map is dedicated to Francois de la Chaise, Jesuit priest and father confessor of King Louis XIV.

One of Coronelli's earliest and greatest achievements, was the construction of a massive, 15 feet in diameter, pair of globes for Louis XIV of France. While in Paris, he became acquainted with Jean Baptiste Nolin who was Engraver to the King. Coronelli entered into an agreement with Nolin, wherein Coronelli would prepare maps, often in conjunction with Jean Nicolas du Tralage (Sr. Tilleman), for engraving and publication by Nolin in Paris. This collaboration helped to launch Coronelli's illustrious cartographic career.


Condition: B+

Original outline color. There are some filled worm holes at upper center, with slight loss of engraving but not distracting. The centerfold is reinforced with light Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 12/1/2010