1712 – J. B. Homann – Asiae Recentissima
Title: “Asiae Recentissima Delineatio Qua Status et Imperia Totius Orientis unacum Orientalibus Indiis…”
Very nice Homann’s first map of Asia, extending from the Mediterranean to the Pacific and including parts of Nova Hollandia, Carpentaria, Nova Britannia and the Marianas, along with a nice incomplete version of the mythical Compagnie Land, north of Japan. Interesting depiction of Japan, Hokkaido and Honshu (Terra Yedso) are joined together by a narrow isthmus and separated from the mainland by a wide strait. A huge lake appears in Tibet and is named the legendary Chiamay and a second lake is shown in the position usually occupied by Lake Chiamay, but here it is named L. Cananor Cunabete. The lower title cartouche features an Asian queen holding court, while the upper cartouche depicts a ceremonial procession. This edition of the map includes an ornate second cartouche in the upper right corner of the map. In later editions, the cartouche is removed and the coastal features above Japan along the North/East Coast of Asia are significantly revised.
Cartographer: Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724)
Sheet size: 62,3 x 54,1 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Good condition! Heavy paper with original watermark. Contemporary hand colouring. Slightly staining and brownish. Corners with blemishes.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1712 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!
On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity!