Auction 148, Lot 646

"L'Asie Dressee sur de Nouveaux Memoires Assujetis aux Observations Astronomiq...", Danet, Guillaume

Subject: Asia

Period: 1732 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
28.1 x 19.4 inches
71.4 x 49.3 cm

This is one of the most distinctive and decorative maps of Asia from the 18th century. It is surrounded by an intricately engraved border composed of the coats of arms of Asian nations and is embellished with a large allegorical title cartouche. This map was drawn and engraved by J. Luillier and published by Guillaume Danet, son-in-law of Nicholas de Fer. Danet was not a prolific publisher and his separately issued maps are quite scarce.

While much of the map is based on Delisle's revised map of Asia [1722], this map presents an early depiction of Kamchatka taken from Strahlenberg's map [1730], which was in turn was based on the work of Abu Al-Ghazi Bahadur's history of the Tartars. There are a number of notations in the region noting that the inhabitants either pay tribute to, or are the enemies of, the Moscovites. Korea is depicted as a blunt peninsula and the sea between it and Japan is called the Detroit de Coree.

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Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with minor soiling, some printer's ink residue, and a professionally repaired cut measuring 6.5" at bottom right.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/19/2014

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