"L'Asie Dressee sur les Observations de l'Academie Royale des Sciences de Quelques Autres, et sur les Memoires les Plus Recens", Delisle, Guillaume
Period: 1700 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
23.1 x 17.8 inches
58.7 x 45.2 cm
This is the second edition of Delisle's atlas map of Asia, reduced from his important wall map. In this edition, the coastline of northeastern Siberia is completed between the peninsula of Novaya Zemlya and Japan including Witsen's mountainous peninsula that juts into the sea, with a notation stating that it is unknown how far the peninsula extends. Hokkaido (Terre d'Yeco) is still attached to Japan, but there is now a narrow strait separating it from the mainland. Only the southern shoreline of Terre de la Compagnie is shown with a reference to the alleged discoveries of Joao de Gama. The map is boldly engraved and decorated with a title cartouche featuring a procession representing the silk road commerce. Delisle's imprint at le Quai de l'Horloge in the cartouche.
References: Yeo #85.
Contemporary outline and wash color in the map, with later color in the cartouche. There is light toning that is mostly confined to the blank margins and faint damp stains also in the blank margins.