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The Kraus Map Collection


Kraus 6, Asia (Between 1650 and 1700)

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Title   Asia
Cartographer   Blaeu, Willem Janszoon (1571 - 1638)
Subject   Asia--Maps
Publisher   Not identified
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Not identified
Date(s)   Between 1650 and 1700
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   6
Dimensions in mm.   910 x 1340 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Large engraved wall map, 810x1057mm., with figures of Asian peoples and costume added in 16 small illustration panels to the right and left; views of 12 Asian cities in small panels at the bottom. Some mends. Mounted on old heavy fabric. Overall measure 910 x 1340 mm.

Engraved map of Asia, one of the series of wall maps first issued by Blaeu (1608 and several succeeding editions).

Dating of this map is difficult, as the known examples of all editions are very few, and, consequently, very little comparative study has been made. From the descriptions of Wieder and Ristow it would appear that the present copy is either of one of the editions published by C. or N. Visscher, (1657), or else of the edition on entirely new copper plates, put out by Pietro Todeschi of Bologna (1673). The cartouche at the lower right where the privilege dated 1608 appears in some editions, is here entirely blank; Wieder notes that the date was effaced on the Visscher editions. This copy is certainly not of the French edition (1669), which has many legends in French. The present map is exactly the same as the Royal Geographical Society example, which is attributed to Todeschi. Wieder locates only one copy of each of the Visscher editions, and two of the Todeschi edition.

Wieder, F. C., "Descriptive Catalogue of Maps published separately by Blaeu", in: Monumenta Cartographica (ed. Wieder), III, 67-75.
See also Ristow, W. W., "Seventeenth Century Wall Maps of America and Africa", 111: Library of Congress, Quarterly Journal, Jan., 1967, 3-17.