"Carte Generale et Politique de l'Asie", Mentelle, Edme
Period: 1798 (published)
Publication: Atlas National
Color: Hand Color
16.5 x 12.5 inches
41.9 x 31.8 cm
Very finely engraved chart covers from Madagascar across the breadth of Asia to the Pacific to include Australia, the East Indies, the Philippines, Japan, China, Indo-China, Russia and the Middle East. Also shows most of New Zealand and Tasmania is mostly off the map, but made to appear attached to Australia. The title is contained in a rectangular cartouche with "An VI" which translates from the French as "Year 6" of the Revolutionary calendar, 1798. At lower left are a remarkable number of distance scales, twelve in all. No engraver is credited, yet it was likely Tardieu .
Very nice example with just a little light centerfold toning. On a full sheet with enormous margins and two watermarks.