Copper engraving, 17 x 22.5 cm, original hand colour in outline, a couple of light spots, blank verso. This map shows the continent of Asia. The incomplete coastline of ‘Terre de Iesso’ (Hokkaido) extends to the edge of the map; some map-makers believed that it had the potential to meet with the unexplored northwestern coastline of America. Published in Chiquet’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas géographique et historique …’.
Chiquet (1673-1721) was a relatively successful Parisian engraver, print- and map-seller. He published Antoine Menard’s ‘Le nouveau et curieux atlas’ in 1711, and reprinted it with Menard’s name burnished from the plate and replaced with his own and a new date, 1719, as here.