Auction 149, Lot 621

"Asiae Nova Delineatio", Visscher, Nicolas

Subject: Asia

Period: 1670 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 17.1 inches
54.4 x 43.4 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) appears in 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.

Condition: B

A crisp impression with original color, minor toning, light soiling, and some short edge tears and chips in the blank margins, the longest of which have been closed with archival tape. There is a 5.5" centerfold separation at bottom, and another at top that just enters the neatline both of which have been archivally repaired. A damp stain along the top edge of sheet just enters into map image.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 5/21/2014