De Wit's Carte-a-Figures Map of Asia
"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Wit, Frederick de
Period: 1660 (dated)
Color: Black & White
22.2 x 17.4 inches
56.4 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 sharp impression on a bright sheet with a large elephant watermark, issued folding with some soiling along the centerfold at bottom. There are archival repairs to a centerfold separation at bottom and several short tears along the bottom edge of the sheet. Professionally remargined at left.