Asia Continent Korea thin narrow pencil shape 1712 Senex pictorial mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Asia Antiqua et Nova.
(Asia Continent- Arabia- India- Cambodia- Siam- China- Turkestan- Turkey- Russia- Tartary- Borneo- Philippine Islands).
Issued 1712, London by John Senex.
Fine early 18th century English engraved map, with lovely hand color.
Pictorial title vignette top left depicts a seated Princess with parrot and lion.
Of particular note for the strongly distorted outline shapes assigned to most of Asia proper, especially China and Korea. Korea is shown as a narrow, thin peninsula, this grossly incorrect shape and relationship to the mainland coastline rarely encountered on other maps. Note as well the shape of Japan, India and Arabian peninsula. A giant lake feeds 5 mythical rivers flowing south through Southeast Asia and Siam. A curious projection which includes coast of Alaska, North America at top right.
Nice looking example, pleasing age patina, any minor age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Original fold lines as issued.
Sheet Measures c. 8 7/8"H x 11"W.
Engraved Area Measures c. 8"H x 9 7/8"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol.4.