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Pub Year Map Maker Pub Place Map Title Map Price (USD) Picture
1794Laurie & Whittle (d'Anville)LondonAsia and its islands according to d'Anville; divided into empires, kingdoms, states, regions, &ca. with the European possessions and settlements in the East $1,800 Picture

An engraved map with hand colored outlines

Size: 43 inches X 48 inches on two separate sheets

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy, very clean with strong lines

This large wall type map displays the entire continent of Asia, including Arabia, the Indian subcontinent, and the East Indies, including Japan and Indonesia. It displays geographical features such as islands, undersea shoals, lakes, rivers, and mountains.

Though largely unmapped region at the time this map was created, various historical sites are noted such as the site of Karakarian or Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire. The map states "Hereabout stood the City of Karakarin or Holin, the ancient Seat of the Monguls Empire". The ruins of various temples and palaces in Tartary are also identified. Southeast Asia and the East India Islands are mapped in detail based upon old Dutch maps with only speculative commentary on the interior. Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are identified under curious names. The Straits of Malacca and the Straits of Singapore are also identified.

An elaborate allegorical title cartouche is in the upper left quadrant showing a bearded trader, an incense burner, and a camel beneath a palm tree.

Laurie and Whittle took over the cartography business of Sayer and Bennett in 1794. This composite map in two sheets was taken from the important atlas A new universal atlas, exhibiting all the empires, kingdoms, states, republics, &c. &c. in the whole World; being a complete collection of the most approved maps extant; . . . .

References: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Volume 3 PP 96-97, Laurie & Whittle, Scott, Valerie, Map Collector Publications, Tring, Hertz, England, 1999; A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress, 682, Phillips, P.L, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1909

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