Early Map of Taiwan
"L'Ile de Formosa, ou sont Exactement Marquez les Bancs de Sables, Rochers et Brasses d'Eau...", Aa, Pieter van der
Period: 1719 (published)
Publication: Galerie Agreable du Monde
Color: Hand Color
13.8 x 11.4 inches
35.1 x 29 cm
This is one of the earliest, obtainable maps to focus on Taiwan. Oriented with north to the left, the map shows the southwestern portion of the island, as well as the adjacent Penghu Islands (Ilhas Piscadores). The detail is limited to a few place names along the coast and anchorages, shoals, and depth soundings in the surrounding waters. The interior of the island is filled with a large panoramic view of a mountain range.
A crisp impression on paper with a large coat of arms watermark, a few tiny spots of foxing, and light toning along the edges of the sheet.