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NOLIN, Jean-Baptiste / Jean-Baptiste NOLIN II - L'Asie Dressée sur les Nouvelles Observations Faites en toutes les Parties de la Terre et Rectifieés. . .

NOLIN, Jean-Baptiste / Jean-Baptiste NOLIN II -  L'Asie Dressée sur les Nouvelles Observations Faites en toutes les Parties de la Terre et Rectifieés. . .
L'Asie Dressée sur les Nouvelles Observations Faites en toutes les Parties de la Terre et Rectifieés. . . - NOLIN, Jean-Baptiste / Jean-Baptiste NOLIN II
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Title : L'Asie Dressée sur les Nouvelles Observations Faites en toutes les Parties de la Terre et Rectifieés. . ..
Map maker : NOLIN, Jean-Baptiste / Jean-Baptiste NOLIN II.
Date : Paris, 1740.
Size : 49.6 x 54.9 inches. / 126.0 x 139.5 cm.
Colouring : In attractive original o/l colours.

Description :A rare and monumental wall map of Asia, with original outline colour, of four joined sheets, surrounded by text and vignettes printed on separate sheets.
Created in 1740 by Jean-Baptiste Nolin II, largely based on an earlier maps produced by his father. The map is surrounded by thirty vignettes that depict various events from Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic history. In turn, each vignette is set within an elaborate baroque frame of a unique design, accompanied by textual narratives. The extensive text along the lower margin is entitled "Description Géographique de l'Asie." The upper left of the main image is adorned with an especially resplendent cartouche, featuring Jesuit priests evangelizing to the diverse peoples of the continent.

While the geographical depiction of most of the continent is quite assured for the time, this map is one of the eighteenth-century's most fascinating experiments in cartographic speculation.
The map is of interest for the double namiming and use of Mer et Golfe de Corée and Mer septentrionale du Japon, for the sea between Korea and Japan.

Published on the very eve of Vitus Bering's voyage to Alaska and eastern Siberia, this map shows that contemporary Europeans had no real concept of what lands might have occupied these regions.
North America is thus shown as reaching down to a point just north of Japan. Greenland looms closely over the northern coast of Siberia to a point past Nova Zemlya.
On the main map the Mariana Islands, or Nouvelle Phillipines, adorn the Pacific in a configuration consistent with the account of the Jesuit explorer Paul Clain. Curiously, the inset in the upper right corner depicts a different rendering of the same islands as suggested in a Jesuit report of 1697.

Jean-Baptiste Nolin managed to marry decorative ornamentation with the most advanced rendering of geographical detail. The artistic élan of his compositions evinced a style that preserved the rhetorical ambitions of the Baroque ethic, while anticipating the playful elegance of the Rococo period. His masterpieces, many like the present wall map, were monumental in scale and represented Nolin's desire to overwhelm his competition in what was a very challenging market.
With the address "Paris: Chez J.B. Nolin le Fils Geografe sur le Quay de l'Horloge du Palais a l'Enseigne de la Place des Victoires entre le Rue de Harlay et le Pont Neuf, Avec Privilege du Roy A present Rue St.Jacques au Lion d'Argent".
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Condition : In very good. Some paper thinness on old folds. Backed with very thin Japan paper for protective reason. Size of paper : 1380 x 1495mm.


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