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New Additions: Asia Maps

December 23, 2015

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Carte des Isles Philippines Celebes et Moluques. Jacques N. Bellin. Published by Antoine Francois Prevost, Paris. Copper plate engraving, 1746-59. Image size 8 5/8 x 6 1/8" (22.1 x 15.5 cm) plus margins.Good condition. Black & white. LINK.

A well engraved map that appeared in Prevost "Historie Generale des Voyages...", an 18th century work that covered all the known areas of the world. This map shows the Philippines, including the Moluques, part of the New Guinea, Gilolo, Timor, and parts of Borneo and Java. Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1772) was one of the most important and proficient French cartographers of the eighteenth century. He was appointed the first Ingenieur Hydrographe de la Marine, and also the Official Hydrographer to the French King.

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India Orientalis. Giovanni A. Magini. Published by Giovanni Antonio Magini, Venice. Copper plate engraving, 1596. Plate size 5 1/2 x 7 1/8" (14 x 18 cm) plus margins. Good condition. Black and white. LINK. 

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Asia. Giovanni A Magini. Published by Giovanni Antonio Magini, Venice. Copper plate engraving, 1596. Plate size 5 1/2 x 7 1/8" (14 x 18 cm) plus margins. Good condition. Black and white. LINK.

The above two maps appeared in Magini's 16th century "Geographiae Universae...". It was engraved by the Italian master engraver Girolamo Porro. Although small in size, these maps offer beautifully engraved details- mountain ranges, rivers, and islands area all labelled in elegant script. The first is an early map of India, Japan, and parts of Oceania, the second is a fine map of Asia. 

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Asiae. Jacques Peeters. Copper plate engraving, 1692. Image size 6 x 7 1/4" (15.2 x 18.5 cm) plus margins. Good condition. Original outline coloring. LINK.

An attractivly colored small map of the whole of Asia that appeared in Peeters "L'Atlas en Abrrege". Engraved by J. Harrewijn. The map includes the East Indies and Japan. The cartouche features merchants trading in rich silks and spices, while ships dot the seas.

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Inperii sinarum nova descriptio. Philip Cluver. Published in Wolfenbuttel by Johann Buno. Copper plate engraving, 1661. Image size 8 1/4 x 10 1/4" (21 x 26.1 cm) plus margins. Good condition. Black and white. LINK.

This map of China that appeared in Philip Cluvier’s “Introductio in universam geographiam tam veterem, quam novam.” It shows the Great Wall, Macao, Formosa, Korea, and many other interesting details. Cluver was an Early Modern historian and geographer, working in Germany. His focus was ancient georgraphy, pulling from historical, religious, and philosphecal texts of the past. Published posthumously from 1624 and numbering six parts in total, his "Introductio in universam geographiam" was a comprehensive modern geography and became a standard geographical textbook in many 17th century German universities. 

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Karte von dem Reiche Japon. Jacques Bellin. Copper plate engraving, c.1752. Image size 8 3/8 x 12" (211 x 305 mm) plus title and margins. Good condition. Attractive modern hand coloring. LINK.

A handsome map of the Islands of Japan. Cartographically, this map is based on information from Kaempfer and Scheuchzer who travelled extensively in Japan. This map appeared in the German edition of "Histoire Generale des Voyages" by A. F. Prevost. Includes an ornate title cartouche.

 

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