B3 Title: “L’Asie” from Nicolas Sanson’s self-published Geographise en Historische Werelt Beschryving, Paris (1683). Copper engraved. Hand colored. Image size is approx. 11 x 7 ½ inches (approx. 28 x 19 cm). Shrink wrapped in double mat with suede surface. Mat size is approx. 15 x 12 inches (approx. 38 x 30 cm).
Discussion: This attractive and detailed map first published in 1683 draws upon Sansons’ much larger map of Asia from 1652. The discoveries of the Maarten de Vries expedition of 1643 were finally incorporated combining Hokkaido and the southern Kurils into a huge island, shown with the two place names of le Tessoy P and Matzumay. Korea is depicted here as an island, and this version of the map extends another 10° east to include part of New Guinea, identified here as the Terre de Papous.
Condition: Strong and clear impression with good color. Paper shows a little aging and very light soiling. Right margin has been trimmed to about one quarter inch beyond the printed boundary.