"Carte de l'Asie Dressee sur les Relations les Plus Nouvelles, Principalement sur les Cartes de Russie, de la Chine, et de la Tartarie Chinoise; et Divisee en ses Empires et Royaumes", Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles
Period: 1750 (dated)
Publication: Atlas Universel
Color: Hand Color
20.5 x 18.9 inches
52.1 x 48 cm
This is the first state of Gilles Robert de Vaugondy's map of Asia, based primarily on the work of Sanson, Delisle, and D'Anville. The shape of the continent is fairly accurate, although spurious geographical details remain in the interior. Hokkaido (Jedso) is properly shown as a separate island, although a partial coastline of Terre de la Compagnie still appears to the east. The sea between Japan and Korea is called Mer de Coree (Sea of Korea). Tibet is also named Dalai Lama and the Malay Peninsula extends too far to the west. New Guinea is only partially delineated, with the ocean to the south left completely blank. Engraved by Guillaume de la Haye.
References: Pedley #375; Yeo #138.
Original outline color on watermarked paper with light toning, some extraneous creasing along the centerfold, and several stains at bottom. There are archival repairs to a long centerfold separation.