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[The first printed map of Asia] Die Lander Asie nach irer gelegenheit bisz in Indiam werden in diser Tafel verzeichnet. Basle: Henri Petri, 1560, German text. Coloured woodcut, printed area 270 x 345mm. One tiny hole.
Munster's map of modern Asia, published in the 'Cosmographia Universalis. Much of the information for this map came from Portuguese sources, indicated by the presence of their Indian colonies Cambay, Goa, Calicut and Kannur. However further east Munster has had to return to Marco Polo's account, written in prison in 1298, for China and the 'Archipelago of 7448 Islands', the Philippines. Ptolemy's 'Taprobana' is now Sumatra rather than Sri Lanka. At the bottom of the map Zanzibar is an island south-east of Madagascar. Decorating the seas is a huge fish and a twin-tailed mermaid.
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KEERE, Pieter van den.
[Miniature map of Asia] Asia. Amsterdam, c.1616. 90 x 125mm. Coloured.
Engraved by van den Keere for the Bertius's 'Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum'. Bertius was the brother-in law of both Jodocus Hondius and Pieter van der Keere. About 1620 he moved to Paris, becoming Cosmographer to Louis XIII, and dying there 1629.
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Asia. London: Henry Featherstone, 1625, English text edition. Coloured. 150 x 195mm, set in text. False margin added on left.
Asia, first published in the reduced version of the Mercator/ Hondius 'Atlas Minor' of 1607. In 1621 the printing plates were sold to a London publisher and appeared in 'Purchas His Pilgrimies', as this example, with the letterpress sur-title 'Hondius his Map of Asia' . Later Dutch editions used new plates by Jansson.
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[First folio sized map of Asia engraved in England] A General Mapp of Asia. Designed by Mounsieur Sanson Geographer to the French King, and Rendred into English by Ric: Blome: by his Maj.tis Especial Command. London, 1670. Coloured. 410 x 555mm.
With a dedication; "To the Right Honorable & truly Noble Hernry Bennet Baron Arlington d'Arlington in Com Middlesex one of his Majesties Principall Secretaires of State &. This Mapp is humbli Dedicated by Ric: Blome". The map is the earliest folio map of Asia to be engraved and printed in England, as Speed's maps were engraved in Amsterdam.
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[Unrecorded carte-à-figures map of Asia] Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata... Bologna, Francesco Sabatini, 1670, 455 x 555mm Bottom right corner rebuilt with manuscript reinstatement. Otherwise a very fine example.
A very rare and attractive carte-à-figures map of Asia, engraved by Pietro Todeschi, the side panels with native costume figures and miniature vignette views of major towns and cities, amongst which are shown Goa, Macao and Calcutta. Of interest in the map is the North-Eastern truncation of China/Siberia, presumably so due to a belief in a North-West passage through the Straits of Anian. This map was published by Francesco Sabatini, one of the many fringe figures in Italian map-making and publishing in the late seventeenth century. Unfortunately, even accurate dates for his life and death elude us, while his work life can be established only by the rough dating of his maps dependent on the dedications on those maps bearing them, but he was apparently active as a printer and publisher (and possibly engraver) in the 1670s, probably in Bologna. This a contemporary piracy of Dutch carte-à-figures maps, popularised in the first part of the seventeenth century, although it seems likely that the map was plagiarised from intermediate Italian copies, perhaps by Stefano Scolari, an engraver and publisher (or possibly two different men) active from the 1640s to 1660s. STOPP: 'Drie Karten von Francesco Sabatini'; SCHILDER: 'Mappæ Antiquæ Liber Amicorum' p.281-285.
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[Rare English carte-a-figure map of Asia] A New Plaine and most Exact map of Asia described by NI Vischer and rendered into English with the habits of the countries and manner of the cheife citties. London, 1671. Coloured. 425 x 540mm with wide margins.
A scarce panelled map of Asia, featuring ten city prospects, including Jerusalem, Goa, Macao and Aden, eight costume vignettes and six fanciful portraits of Asian kings. Based on the Visscher issue of Keere's map of 1614, it was originally engraved in 1668; this is an example of the second state, with Overton's new address. Apparently Overton was planning a world atlas and lacked maps of the continents, so had them engraved. As the matching map of Africa is signed by Philip Holmes the stylistic similarity makes it likely that Holmes also engraved the Asia. Little of Overton's output was original: he bought the stock of Peter Stent after his death from the plague in 1665, and c.1700 he bought Speed's county map plates.
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FRESCHOT, Casimir Don.
[A rare miniature map of the Asian continent.] Asia. Venice: Giovanni Pare', c. 1680. Sheet 120 x 85mm. Trimmed from a large broadsheet.
Don Casimir Freschot, a Benedictine Priest and author of about 50 books on history and Venice, composed a 'goose game', 'Geografia ridotta a giuoco per istruttione della giovane nobiltà veneziana', to facilitate "the teaching of geography to the young Venetian nobility", of which this map was a section. Engraved by Anton Francesco Lucini, this was probably the earliest geographical game to be published. The 'board' comprised 153 squares containing small maps, arranged in a spiral, with a plan of Venice at the centre. Above the game were four larger maps of the continents (of which this is one), the rules, including the prizes and forfeits for landing on squares, and a dedication. There is only one known complete example, in the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice. Even incomplete examples are extremely rare. "Charta Geographica" magazine, vol.1, page 76; plus insert with facsimile broadsheet.
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MALLET, Alain Manesson.
Asie Ancienne. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 110mm.
Published in a the 'Description de l'Univers'.
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MALLET, Alain Manesson.
Asie. Paris, 1683. Coloured. 150 x 110mm.
Published in athe 'Description de l'Univers'.
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[A two-sheet English map of Asia] To the Right Honourable William Lord Cowper, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, This Map of Asia According to ye Newest and Most Exact Observations is most Humbly Dedicated... London, Moll, John Bowles, Thomas Bowles & Philip Overton, c.1730. Original colour with additions. Two sheet conjoined, total 585 x 970mm. A few repairs, as usual with these large maps.
Moll's large-format map of Asia, first published 1714, with a large title cartouche and seven insets maps, including Bombay, Amoy and Chusan. The elaborate title cartouche represents the wealth available in the East.
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