1702 De Fer Map of the East Indies (Philippines, Borneo, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia)
Les Isles Philippines et celles Des Larrons ou de Marianes, Les Isles Moluques et de La Sonde, avec, La Presqu'Isle de l'Inde de la le Gange ou Orientale.
1702 (dated) 9 x 13.5 in (22.86 x 34.29 cm)
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This is a beautiful and scarce 1702 map of the East Indies by Nicholas De Fer. It covers all of Southeast Asia and the East Indies from the Andaman Islands east to New Guinea and from Taiwan or Formosa south as far as Timor. Includes the modern day nations of Taiwan, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, Borneo, New Guinea and the Philippines. Renders the region in detail offering both topographical and political information with mountains beautifully rendered in profile. The Island and the Strait of Singapore (Sincapura) are noted. Names Bali and Lombok as well as Batavia. Most of the Great Sunda Islands as well as the Lesser Sunda Islands, which were largely unexplored well into the 19th century, are mapped speculatively. This map was engraved by Charles Inselin and created by Nicholas De Fer for his 1702 atlas of Spanish possessions.
Nicholas de Fer (1646 - 1720) was the son of cartographer Antoine de Fer. Nicholas was established as an engraver, cartographer, and map publisher in Paris. De Fer was a prolific cartographer with over 600 maps and atlases to his credit. De Fer's work, though replete with geographical errors, earned a large following because of its considerable decorative appeal. In the late 17th century, De Fer's fame culminated in his appointment as Geographe de le Dauphin, a position that offered him unprecedented access to the most up to date new cartographic information. This was a partner position to another simultaneously held by the more scientific geographer Guillaume Delisle, Premier Geograph de Roi. Despite very different cartographic approaches, Delisle and De Fer seem to have stepped carefully around one another and were rarely publicly at odds. Upon his death in 1720, Nicolas was succeeded by two of his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-Francois Danet, and their heirs, who continued to publisher under the De Fer imprint until about 1760.
Charles Inselin (fl. c. 1700 - 1730) was a prominent French engraver active in Paris during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Inselin engraved for prominent cartographers ranging from Nicholas Sanson to Eusebio Kino and Nicholas De Fer. He was also a minor publisher of maps and engravings on his own account. Little else is known of his life.
Fer, Nicholas de, Cartes et Descriptions Generales et Particulieres pour l'intelligence des affaires du temps, au sujet de la Succession de la Couronne d'Espagne, en Europe, en Asie, Afrique, et Amerique, (Paris) 1702.
Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Original platemark visible. Minor overall toning and some spotting. Top margin cut off.