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Auction 168, Lot 621

"L'Asie Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes dont les Point Principaux sont Placez sur les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royale des Sciences", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Asia

Period: 1717 (dated)

Publication: L'Atlas Curieux ou le Monde...

Color: Hand Color

12.6 x 9 inches
32 x 22.9 cm

This is an interesting and very unusual map of the Asian continent. The map is based primarily on Dutch sources, particularly the outlines of Siberia and the East Indies. However, the most striking feature, which is original to De Fer, is a continuous land bridge extending from northern Korea and eastern Siberia across to America. A note acknowledges Portuguese sources for this new portrayal of the region. Hokkaido (Ieso) appears as a small circular island north of Japan. The northern coastline of Asia is based on Witsen's explorations including Cap Tabin and Cap de Glace. The interior is filled with details, including what appears to be a road from Moscow to Peking, and the Great Wall of China. The Caspian Sea is presented in an unusual shape. The coastline of a portion of New Guinea is incorrectly named as Nouvelle Zeelande. Graced with three beautifully designed cartouches.

References: Pastoureau, FER I D; Yeo #82.

Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper, issued folding and now flattened with two tiny fold separations in the top blank margin that have been archivally repaired. The bottom margin is narrow, but sufficient for framing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/6/2018