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Auction 190, Lot 582

"L'Asie Dressee Selon les Observations de Mrs. de l'Academie Royales des Sciences", Leth, Hendrik de

Subject: Asia

Period: 1740 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas Geographique & Historique...

Color: Hand Color

8.8 x 6.6 inches
22.4 x 16.8 cm
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Delightful little map that conforms to the standard French model of the period based on Jacques Chiquet's map of the region. Hokkaido is attached to the mainland, and Terre de Iesso is off the coast partially obscured by the title cartouche. The Caspian Sea has an interesting triangular shape, and Greenland stretches along the top left of the map. The map does not follow any particular cartographer, and Chiquet has made a concerted effort not to represent theoretical cartography. A note along the northeastern coastline translates "this coast and its outline have never been well known." For his Nouvel Atlas, Leth made close copies of Jacques Chiquet's maps published in Le Nouveau et Curieux Atlas in 1719.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LETH-1a.

Condition: B+

A dark impression with contemporary outline color, issued folding with light toning along the folds and short fold separations that have been repaired on verso.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $85

Closed on 11/16/2022