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Old antique map of Asia by A. Thevet

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Asie - [Letterpress title above the map:] Carte des Provinces de la Grande et Petite Asie. - A. Thevet, 1584


Old map of Asia by A. Thevet.

Date of the first edition: 1575
Date of this map: 1584
Date on map: 1581


Woodcut
Size (not including margins): 35 x 45cm (13.7 x 17.6 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Two small tears reinforced in lower margin, not affecting the image, else excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Karrow, 77/8; Yeo (Asia), 6

From: Les vrais Portraits et vies des hommes illustres Grecs, Latins, et Payens Receuillis de leur Tableaux, Livres, Medailles antiques, et Modernes Par Andre Thevet Angoumoisin, ... Paris, Par la vefue I. Kervert Et Guillaume Chaudiere, 1584.

According to Burden, this edition is very rare, he only located six examples. Compared with the 1575 edition, there are no changes to the cartography of the map, only the typography.

André Thevet was a Franciscan monk who travelled extensively in Europe and made a reputed short journey to South America. Upon his return he records that he sailed along the eastern coast of North America. The experiences he recals of the New World have attracted much criticism from both his contemporaries and recent historians for their inaccuracy. However, one person seemed impressed, the King of France, Henry III, who bestowed him the honour of Royal Cosmographer.

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