By: Robert de Vaugondy
Date: 1750 (published) Paris
Dimensions: 21 x 19.5 inches (53.3 x 49.5 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of Asia by Robert de Vaugondy. The map was published in the first edition of Atlas Universel out of Paris in 1750.
This detailed map covers the entire Asian continent as it spans from Africa and Europe in the west to the Bering Sea in the northeast and as far south to include Indonesia and a portion of New Guinea. The partial mapping of New Guinea generates some interest as for decades there was much speculation with regard to whether or not New Guinea and Australia were possibly connected. The first European ship to sail along the Australian coast was the Duyfken captained by Willem Janszoon in 1606. At the time, Janszoon believed he was looking at unexplored reaches of New Guinea.
Often times the area between Korea and Japan is referred to as either the East Sea or Sea of Japan. This map places the area in favor of Korea naming it Mer de Coree. A little further east, Vaugondy includes a portion of “Terre de la Compagnie,” which can be found in hundreds of maps as an enormous landmass that in some cases stretches half the distance of the Northern Pacific. This landmass is an erroneous mapping of the Kuril Islands by 17th century Dutch explorers. Look to the northern border of China and you can see the delineation of the Great Wall built over several dynasties to keep the Mongols out of China.
Condition: Map is in B condition, printed on thick paper with a light stain in the center and lovely hand coloring
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