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Auction 143, Lot 693

"Asia ex Magna Orbis Terre Descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris Desumpta, Studio et Industria G.M. Iunioris", Mercator, Gerard (the younger)

Subject: Asia

Period: 1610 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.3 x 15 inches
46.5 x 38.1 cm
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Derived from the elder Mercator’s world map of 1569, this map of Asia was engraved by his grandson. The coasts of Northeast Asia and Northwest North America are separated by Gastaldi's fabled Strait of Anian. South of this strait a beautifully engraved galleon gives speculation to the possibility of a northern route to Asia. Sumatra has a curiously archaic outline, while the relationship between New Guinea and Terra Australis is left to the viewer's imagination. The place names, Beach, Regio, Lucach and Maletur are all taken from Marco Polo's account, but erroneously ascribed to locations in the vicinity of present-day Australia. French text on verso.

References: Yeo #13; Parry #3.13.

Condition: B+

There are several centerfold separations, mainly at the top and bottom of the image, that have been repaired on verso with archival material, a few tiny wormholes only visible when held to light, and light soiling.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100


Closed on 2/13/2013