Detailed map of the Eastern and Central parts of Asia, published by Vander Aa.
The map is centered on the Ganges and extends from Japan, the Philippines and Moluccas to the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.