De Wit's Carte-a-Figures Map of Asia
"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de
Period: 1660 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.1 x 17.4 inches
56.1 x 44.2 cm
This is a splendid example of one of the last Dutch carte-a-figures continental maps. The continent is shown with the northern and eastern coastline of mainland Asia on the Mercator-Hondius model. It incorporates the discoveries made by the 1643 De Vries expedition and the discoveries of Le Maire in New Guinea. The map is illustrated with flanking panels featuring costumed figures from China, Tartary, Arabia and the East Indies. The panels above show panoramas and plans of Ormus, Aden, Jerusalem, Damascus, Rhodes and Famagusta. The title cartouche is adorned by a female representation of the continent riding a camel.
References: Yeo #51.
A crisp impression with very light toning and soiling. The map was trimmed to the neatline at bottom and right, with a portion of the border at bottom skillfully replaced in facsimile, and was then professionally remargined at left, right and bottom to accommodate framing.