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1706 de la Feuille Map of Asia

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1706 de la Feuille Map of Asia



  1706     5.5 x 7.5 in (13.97 x 19.05 cm)


A very scarce, c. 1706, map of Asia issued by Daniel de La Feuille. Extends from the Mediterranean to Alaska and as far south as Java. Depicts the Mogol Empire in India, the kingdoms of Siam and Chochine, China, Arabia and Tartary. In China, the Great wall is shown. The Caspian Sea is wildly distorted, as is the Arabian Peninsula and Japan. North of Japan, Hokkaido is shown attached to the mainland. In central Asia, Tibet is labeled as are the Lop Nor salt flats in China. The Crimean peninsula is drawn as an island. In southeast Asia, a curious lake is drawn in what is today the Golden Triangle. The map suggests this body of water as a source for the Irrawaddi (Burma), Mekong (Vietnam), and Chao Phraya (Thailand) river systems. The allegorical title cartouche in the upper left quadrant features an elephant and what appears to be a young girl with a shield. This map was originally prepared for inclusion as chart no. 4 in the 1706 edition of De la Feuille's Les Tablettes Guerrières, ou Cartes choisies Pour la Commodité des Officiers et des Voyageurs, Contenant toutes les Cartes générales Du Monde, avec les particulieres des Lieux ou le Théatre de la Guerre se fait sentir en Europe..


Daniel de La Feuille (1640 - 1709) was born of Huguenot stock in Sedan (L'Ardennes), France. As a young man he apprenticed as a watchmaker. In 1663 La Feuille married Charlette Marlet, the daughter of a local carpenter. Twenty years later, in 1683, facing religious prosecution of Huguenots in France, the family fled to Amsterdam. By 1686 Daniel had become a burgher (citizen) of the city and established himself as an engraver, publisher, and art dealer. Not long after, in 1691, he was admitted into the Booksellers Guild. Though we are primarily concerned with his cartographic work here, his masterpiece is considered to be Devises et emblems, a collection of symbols and designs mostly likely intended as templates for silversmiths, engravers, and watchmakers. His cartographic work includes numerous individual maps and atlases, many of which continued to be published and republished well after his death in 1709. He was succeeded by his sons Jacob de la Feuille (1668 - 1719) and Paul de La Feuille (1688 - 1727). More by this mapmaker...


Very Good condition. Minor discoloration along the original folds – see photo. Minor fold separation limited to wide marginal region. Original plate-mark visible. Else clean and beautiful.