"Asiae Nova Delineatio", Visscher, Nicolas
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 17.1 inches
54.1 x 43.4 cm
Superb large map of the whole of Asia and the East Indies. The discoveries of Tasman, Janszoon, and Cartensz are reflected in Australia and New Guinea. The delineation of Japan follows that of Mercator-Hondius, but also includes the discoveries of De Vries in Yedso. A long stretch of desert identified as the Xamo (Mandarin for sandy desert) appears in the western part of China. The map is ornamented with various types of sailing vessels, a compass rose, and animals on the African continent. There is a splendid title cartouche surrounded by mermaids and the angel of Fame, as well as a dedication cartouche featuring the coat of arms of D. Henrico Spiegel, Senator of Amsterdam.
References: Yeo #50.
Full contemporary color with some staining, a couple of small abrasions in the title cartouche, some errant color at bottom right, and centerfold separations at top and bottom that have been archivally repaired. The sheet is lightly toned on recto and heavily toned on verso, but the paper is still quite supple.