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Early 17th century map of Asia with misshapen Korea.

Place/Date: Amsterdam / 1631
Title: Asia recens summa cura delineata
37.5 x 49.5 cm (14¾ x 19½ in)
Hand color
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Striking map of all of Asia based on the 1623 map of Asia by Henricus’s brother Jodocus, but without the decorative panels. The map extends from the Arabian peninsula through the East Indies. There is a wide expanse of ocean between the northeast coast of Asia and the northwest coast of America, most of the latter of which is conveniently covered by a dedication cartouche to hide the lack of geographic knowledge.

Korea is shown as a long peninsula and Japan is plotted on the Ortelius/Teixeira model.

This became the standard map of Asia throughout the 17th century. Two hunters flank the title cartouche and the map is embellished with animals, ships, and sea creatures.

Verso Text: French


Henricus Hondius

Henricus Hondius was a Dutch engraver, cartographer and publisher.

Condition Description

A little wear along centerfold with verso tape repair at its foot. Minor wear in right margin, minor marginal soiling; very good.


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