(B5) Asia Antiqua et Nova” from Philipp Cluver’s Introductio in Universam Geographicam. Amsterdam (1697). Copper engraved, hand colored. Image size is approx. 10 ½ x 8 ½ inches (approx. 27 x 22 cm). Shrink wrapped in doubled mat with suede surface. Mat size is approx. 15 x 13 inches (approx. 38 x 33 inches).
Discussion: Very attractive example of Cluver’s image of Asia, including the islands of the East Indies. The outlines of this map are based upon those of Gerhard Mercator and Jodocus Hondus early 17th century productions showing the Arctic and extreme northeast coastlines truncated, as well as an elongated KoreanPeninsula and a narrow Indian Peninsula. There is much less accuracy and detail along the continuum from west to east, and the islands exhibit a number of speculative coastlines and other features. North America can be seen at the upper right. The title cartouche is of a female Asia flanked by a large feline and a large parrot.
Condition: Very slight offsetting and age toning. Still a very crisp and clear image holding its contemporary color well. Overall condition would be Near Fine.