"Asiae Nova Delineatio", Visscher, Nicolas
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.5 x 17.2 inches
54.6 x 43.7 cm
Superb large map of the whole of Asia and the East Indies. The discoveries of Tasman, Janszoon and Cartensz are reflected in Australia and New Guinea. The delineation of Japan follows that of Mercator-Hondius, but also includes the discoveries of De Vries in Yedso. A long stretch of desert identified as the Xamo (Mandarin for sandy desert) snakes its way through the western part of China. The map is ornamented with various types of sailing vessels, a compass rose, and animals on the African continent. There is a splendid title cartouche surrounded by mermaids and the angel of Fame, as well as a dedication cartouche featuring the coat of arms of D. Henrico Spiegel, Senator of Amsterdam.
References: Yeo #50.
Lovely original color that has been partially refreshed and light soiling. The right side of the sheet has been remargined to better accommodate framing.