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Auction 158, Lot 402

Superb, Large-Scale English Map of Asia

"Asia and Its Islands According to D'Anville; Divided Into Empires, Kingdoms, States, Regions &ca...", Sayer, Robert

Subject: Asia

Period: 1787 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

47.3 x 40.6 inches
120.1 x 103.1 cm
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A superb, large-scale map based on the cartography of the famous French cartographer Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville. It provides an extremely detailed view of the continent and extends to include all of South East Asia and numerous islands of the Pacific, with emphasis on English exploration. The discoveries of Capt. Cook appear in the Aleutian Islands (Foxes Islands) and the Northeast coast of Asia. Hokkaido is featured as an archipelago named Isles of Yeso, including the Three Sisters. The Carolines are accurately depicted on an east-west axis. The large decorative cartouche features an Asian merchant, his exotic goods, and a camel.


Condition: B+

Original outline color on watermarked paper with minor staining along the horizontal joint and a few small spots. A 2" tear in the Bay of Bengal has been professionally repaired. A few minor edge tears and chips are confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 6/22/2016