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Asia in Praecipuas Ipsius partes Distributa ad Observationes...


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Pieter van der Aa

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Very rare large early coloured copper engraving "Asia in Praecipuas Ipsius partes Distributa ad Observationes..." from 'Le Nouveau Theatre' from 1713 by Pieter van der Aa.


This very rare and beautiful early hand coloured map "Asia in Praecipuas Ipsius partes Distributa ad Observationes..." by Pieter van der Aa from the atlas 'Le Nouveau Theatre' is a large, decorative and detailed map of Asia. The primary focus of this map of Asia centers on depicting the northeastern part of the continent, drawing from Jesuit sources. The northeast coastline is notably shortened, featuring the discoveries of Nicolas Witsen, and it includes partial coastlines of Jesso and Compagnies Land situated north of Japan. An inset in the North Pacific region provides a map of the same area, based on information sourced from Martinus Martini. This inset reveals Jesso connected to the mainland with a narrow strait, along with a substantial Compagnies Land. Another inset below, derived from Ferdinand Verbiest, illustrates the road between Peking, Kirin, and Nincrita. Verbiest's world map of 1674, created for the Chinese, eventually led to the Jesuits receiving a commission to conduct a comprehensive topographical survey for the Chinese empire. Although this survey was not completed until 1717, evidence of some of this new information reaching Europe before that date is evident on this map.

'Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde' by Pieter Van der Aa is an atlas published in Leiden in 1713. The maps are copperplate engravings.

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch cartographer as well as publisher who is best known for his atlases and travel books. He was born in Leiden, Netherlands, and was the son of a printer. After completing his education, he joined his father's business and started producing maps and prints.

In 1682, Pieter van der Aa published his first major work, "Naauwkeurige Versameling der Gedenk-Waardigste Zee en Land-Reysen" (Precise Collection of the Most Memorable Voyages and Travels), a collection of travel accounts and engravings. He went on to publish numerous other travel books and atlases, including 'Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde' (The New Theatre of the World).

Pieter van der Aa was known for his skilful engraving and printing, as well as his meticulous attention to detail. His maps were often based on the latest geographic knowledge and exploration, and he made efforts to update and improve his works over time. He was also a member of the booksellers' guild in Leiden and played an active role in the Dutch publishing industry.

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