Paris: Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville, 1752.
Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Together measure 39" x 28".
This fine antique map dates to 1752 and depicts Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan and the East Indies. The map is in two panels and incredibly detailed with numerous place names labeled, especially in the northern sheet covering China, Korea and Japan. As we move to the southern sheet and the East Indies, these lesser known kingdoms at the time are not densely mapped. Some of the interesting cartographic features include the mapping of the Hokkaido or Jeso, which is all but attached to the mainland and is mis-shaped. Okinawa Island appears to be as large as Taiwan or Formosa. The supposed "ancient seat of the Monguls Empire" is identified. Straits of Singapore are labeled. Singapore Island, although not identified, is noted. New Guinea is mapped in its embryonic state. Overall the map is a wonderful overview of the mapping of this region in the mid-18th century. In good condition with minor wear along the centerfolds. Minor foxing at places and some offsetting. Lower sheet has a repair near the top right margin and a stain in Sumatra.
Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d' Anville (1697-1782) was a French geographer and cartographer whose accurate, research-based work raised the standards for 18th-century map-making. Passionate about maps from his childhood, he created maps during his school years and would go on to publish several atlases during his prolific career. In his early 20's he became the Geographer to the King of France. His accuracy and in depth research would make him one of the most important cartographers of the 18th century.