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Description

Striking map of Asia, published by Mortier in Amsterdam.

The map provides a snapshot of Asian Cartography from the early part of the 17th Century.

Korea is shown as an island. Japan and the Philippines both exhibit early configurations.

Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.