C1700
 (1701)

A New Map of Present Asia Dedicated to His Highness William Duke of Gloucester. Present Asia Distinquisht into its General Divisions or Countries….

Scarce map of Asia by Edward Wells, extending from Italy to Japan and south to New Guinea. The map still contains some of Ptolemy’s legacy, including India Beyond Ganges for the area to the east of Malaysia, it includes the mythical … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A New Map of Present Asia Dedicated to His Highness William Duke of Gloucester. Present Asia Distinquisht into its General Divisions or Countries….

Date:

C1700
 (1701)

Engraver:

Michael Burghers 

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

510mm 
x 365mm

Paper Size: 

567mm 
x 452mm
AUTHENTICITY
A New Map of Present Asia Dedicated to His Highness William Duke of Gloucester. Present Asia Distinquisht into its General Divisions or Countries.... - Antique Map from 1700

Genuine antique
dated:

1701

Description:

Scarce map of Asia by Edward Wells, extending from Italy to Japan and south to New Guinea. The map still contains some of Ptolemy’s legacy, including India Beyond Ganges for the area to the east of Malaysia, it includes the mythical Lake Chyamai which was believed to be the source of the mighty rivers of Asia.

An elaborate title at top left contains a dedication to His Highness William the Duke of Gloucester, the Royal Crest  and a scale of Miles is place below while the second part of the title is contained in another elaborate title at top right.The Duke of Gloucester was attending Oxford where Wells was a teacher of mathematics and geography. Wells included this map of the East Indies in the second edition of his atlas, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography, published in 1701 and which is identified by the addition of the number ’28’ below the title.

 From Wells, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography

References:
Moreland, C. & Bannister, D. Antique Maps. London 1995 p.163.
Quirino, C. Philippine Cartography (1320-1899) Amsterdam 2010 Manila p.110.
Sweet, M. Mapping the Continent of Asia. Singapore, 1994: 88, p.41.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID3547017
David Rumsey Collection: 11181.033
New York Public Library: 1630724

References:
Sweet, M. Mapping the Continent of Asia. Singapore 1994.:.

Edward Wells (1667 - 1727)

Wells was the son of Edward Wells, the Vicar of Corsham, Wiltshire. Educated at Westminster School from 1680. He won a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford in 1686 where he graduated with a MA in 1693 and went on to have a turbulent career in the ministry. Wells was a prolific writer translating several religious and secular Latin and Greek works into English. He also wrote on astronomy, chronology, arithmetic and geometry, although his best known work is his atlas, A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography first issued in 1700.

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