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Auction 146, Lot 690

"L'Asie Dressee sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, et Quelques Autres...", Delisle/Schenk

Subject: Asia

Period: 1708 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 17.7 inches
58.2 x 45 cm
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This scarce map of Asia is a revision of Delisle's 1700 map of the continent. In this map, Schenk completes the coastline of northeastern Siberia between the peninsula of Novaya Zemlya and Japan including Witsen's mountainous peninsula that juts into the sea, with a notation stating that it is unknown how far the peninsula extends. Hokkaido (Terre d'Yeco) is still attached to Japan, but there is now a narrow strait separating it from the mainland. Only the southern shoreline of Terre de la Compagnie is shown with a reference to the alleged discoveries of Joao de Gama. The map is boldly engraved and decorated with a title cartouche featuring a procession representing the silk road commerce.

References: Yeo #106.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with attractive color and two small holes in Europe. There are archival repairs along corners of sheet to reinforce areas of paper weakness due to light damp stains, not affecting map.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/4/2013