15 July 2005,
Price realised GBP 2,400
GBP 1,200 - GBP 1,800
WILLEM BLAEU (1571-1638)
[Asia] Asia noviter delineata. [Amsterdam: c.1645]. Hand-coloured engraved map, 405 x 554mm. 20 costumed figures in pairs in side borders, 9 bird's-eye views of towns in upper border, the seas decorated with sea-monsters and galleons. Window mount.
One of the most famous decorative maps of Asia. From 1633, members of the Blaeu family were the official cartographers to the United East India Company and therefore had access to the most up-to-date cartographic information regarding the area. The map features an upper border depicting nine of the main cities and trading settlements of the continent including Goa, Damascus, Jerusalem and Macao. The classic Northeast Passage is shown and a highly speculative and incomplete north east coast of Asia opposite an equally-conjectural segment of North America. Cf Tibbetts 75.
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