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Auction 146, Lot 686

"L'Asie", Sanson, Nicolas

Subject: Asia

Period: 1752 (circa)

Publication: La Science des Personnes de Cour...

Color: Black & White

6.5 x 5.8 inches
16.5 x 14.7 cm
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This map of Asia is small but important in the cartographic development of the region. It diverges from Sanson's folio map of 1650 in the appearance of a new landmass to the north of Japan labeled Terre de Iesso, Yezo ou Sesso. Sanson's depiction of this region is a combination of the reports of recent Dutch discoveries by De Vries and speculations of De Gama's discovery of a large landmass in the north Pacific. Japan is shown based on Jesuit sources and Korea is a globular-shaped island. There are four rivers flowing south out of the mythical Lac de Chiamay, which appears west of China. Arabia marks a radical departure from earlier representations of the peninsula, omitting a lake in the southwest corner. This is a smaller edition of Sanson's quarto-sized map of Asia, published in Zacharias Chatelain's multi-volume La Science des Personnes de Cour....

References: Yeo #46.

Condition: A+

A fine impression issued folding.

Estimate: $190 - $220

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/4/2013