By: Guillaume Delisle
Date: 1723 (dated) Paris
Dimensions: 19.09 x 24.8 inches (48.5 cm x 63 cm)
An elaborate map of the entire continent of Asia, including the islands of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Indonesia, the Philippines, Formosa (Taiwan), and Japan. On the periphery can be seen Italy and the Balkans, the Baltics, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Comoros Islands, the coast of northern Siberia, the Mariana and Caroline Islands, and the western part of New Guinea. The Japanese island of Honshu is labeled “Terre d’Eso ou d’Yesso” and is attached to the easternmost part of Asia, with the Kamchatka Peninsula apparently unknown. A fragment of a separate coast east of that is labeled “Terre de la Compagnie” (Company’s Territory).
The map was printed on watermarked paper that includes an oval with three or four letters, possibly JHD, and on the other side, the Jesuit emblem, consisting of a circle containing the letters IHS topped by a cross. Title cartouche, in a baroque frame topped with the royal three fleur-de-lis emblem and a crown, is in the upper right corner.
Condition: Restoration bottom center on the verso. Top and bottom margins are somewhat narrow.
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