Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Asia by Blaeu

Cartographer

Blaeu

Title

Asia

Published

Amsterdam, 1630

Size

41.0 x 55.5 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18683

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 5500

Description

"The origins of this general map of the Asian continent go back as far as 1617 when Willem Blaeu issued it as a separate publication. It was then included in the atlas series from 1630 to the 1660s, essentially unchanged in spite of more up-to-date information appearing on several of the regional maps of Asia issued by the Blaeus.

Like the other general continent maps, this very handsome map is embellished with five pairs of costumed figures in the side border vignettes and nine small town views in the frieze along the top. These include Calicut, Goa, Damascus, Jerusalem, Hormuz, Bantam and Aden.

In contrast to the map of China [i.e. the Blaeu-Martini of 1655 ], Korea is drawn as an island marked 'Corea Ins'. There is no hint at all of Australia to the south of the East Indies, but there is a strong suggestion of a sea passage from Europe via a northeast passage through the Strait of Anian ('Fretum Anian') between northeastern Asia and America."

(Goss).