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Auction 174, Lot 686

"Accuratissima Totius Asiae Tabula Recens Emendata", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Asia

Period: 1680 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.9 x 19.3 inches
58.2 x 49 cm
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This large and handsome map of the continent and East Indies shows the extent of European knowledge of the region. It is vividly rendered with good detail throughout the south and southeast, due to the surveys of the Dutch East India Company, while northern and central Asia is filled mostly with mountains, deserts, and forests. The work of the Jesuit missionaries is reflected in the well-documented region of China. Japan is shown on the Blaeu/Martini type with Yedso as a disembodied coastline in the sea above Japan. Corea is shown as a small peninsula. The large, mythical Chiammay Lacus, located in central China, spawns five major south-flowing rivers. At the very bottom, the northern The large title cartouche includes a busy scene including traders with their exotic cargo.

References: Yeo #59.

Condition: B

A nice impression with some minor toning and a network of tears at bottom and along the centerfold that have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/11/2019