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Framed Hand Colored Map of Asia by Nicolas de Fer for Le Dauphine



Nicolas de Fer (PARIS 1647-1720) L’Asie divisée selon letendu de ses principales parties, et dont les points principaux sont placez sur les observations des Messieurs de l’Academie Royale des Sciences. Dressée par N, de Fer, Geographe de monsieur de Dauphin. A Paris chez l’auteur dans l’Isle du Palais, fur le Quay de l’Horloge, à la Sphere Royal. Avec le Privilege du Roy, 1696 Description de l’Asie par N. de Fer (in relief printing) Engraved by Hendrik van Loon after design by Nicolas de Fer and published by Guillaume Danet, Paris 1724 Printed on four copperplates and surrounded by texts in relief printing, later hand coloring, 109.5 x 163 cm Note: The map is surrounded by richly decorated borders, depicting the peoples of Asia, the Chinese, Japanese, Turks, Indians, Tartars (Russians), Philippinos, inhabitants of the Molucca and Sunda islands, Ceylonese, Arabs, peoples from Goa and Mongolia, Armenians, Georgians, people from Golconda, Malaysia, Siam, Cochin and Tonkin. Some detail maps show Arctic areas, with Spitsbergen, Nova Zembla and the North East of China based on the writings of the Jesuits Martino Martini and Ferdinand Verbiest. In the surrounding texts, information is given on the geography of Asia, its rivers, towns, capes, lakes, straits and of the main countries such as Turkey, Arabia, China, Persia, India, Rusland and Arabic islands in the Indian Ocean. Nicolas de Fer started his apprenticeship at the age of twelve with his father, Antoine de Fer (active from 1644-1672). After his father’s death, his mother continued the business and after her retirement, Nicolas took over in 1687. Nicolas turned it into a flourishing business and thanks to his contacts with the Académie Royale des Sciences in Paris he was able to use the latest discoveries in geography and subscribe his maps with “dressée sur les nouvelles observations de Messieurs de l’Académie Royale des Sciences”. In 1690 he became the official cartographer of the Dauphin and later of the Kings of France and Spain. He published more than six hundred maps and many atlases, documenting fortified towns, strongholds and also the explorations and discoveries of new territories. In the decorative style of the French cartography and under the patronage of the Dauphin de Fer made a total of 26 large wall-maps for the French aristocracy.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 43.12 in. (109.5 cm)Width: 64.18 in. (163 cm)Depth: 1.97 in. (5 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Amsterdam, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5458220857292

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