Laurie & Whittle’s Wall Map of Asia


Asia and its islands according to d’Anville; divided into empires, kingdoms, states, regions, &c. with the European possessions and settlements in the East Indies, and an exact delineation of all the discoveries made in the eastern parts by the English under Captn. Cook.

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Laurie & Whittle’s Wall Map of Asia


d’ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon


LAURIE, Robert, WHITTLE, James

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103.5 x 120 cm

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Four sheet wall map of Asia, joined, copper engraving, 103.5 x 120 cm, original hand colour in outline, blank verso. Published in editions of Robert Sayer’s ‘General Atlas’ from 1773 onward (see Shirley, T.Say-2a), with revisions, including to title and imprint.

Sayer’s successors, Laurie and Whittle, continued to revise and expand the map under their own imprint after 1794. The Sea of Japan is described here as the ‘Sea of Corea’, and there are numerous geographical and historical notes, some more speculative than others. Geographical revisions include deletions. For example, the note ‘Sulphur Island discovered in November 1779’ (Iwo Jima, surveyed by Cook on his third voyage) which had been added to Sayer’s 1787 edition, had been burnished from the plate by the time our example was published. On the other hand, our map now notes the Pingelap Atoll in the Caroline Archipelago: ‘Is. seen by Capt. [Thomas] Musgrave in 1793’. Musgrave’s ship, Sugar Cane, was returning from transporting convicts from Cork to Port Jackson. The elaborate cartouche represents trade in exotic goods: an Ottoman merchant is depicted seated beneath a palm tree, with his opium pipe, incense burner and partially laden camel.