Dedicated to the young and sickly Duke of Gloucester
By WELLS, Edward , 1700

A New Map of the East Indies Taken from Mr. de Fer’s Map of Asia, Shewing their Cheif [sic] Divisions, Cities, Towns, Ports, rivers, Mountains, &c. Dedicated to His Highness William Duke of Gloucester.

Asia Southeast Asia
  • Author: WELLS, Edward
  • Publication place: [London
  • Publisher: T.W. for J. Walthoe, R. Wilkin, J. and J. Bonwicke, S. Birt, T. Ward and E. Wicksteed
  • Publication date: from 1700].
  • Physical description: Engraved map with contemporary hand-colour in outline.
  • Dimensions: 420 by 580mm. (16.5 by 22.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17594


Published in Wells’s ‘A New Sett of Maps of Antient and Present Geography’, over time by subscription. All the maps in the series were dedicated to the young and sickly Duke of Gloucester, son of Queen Anne, who died at the end of July in 1700, just after Williamsburg in Virginia had been named for him. The plates were prepared by some of the most accomplished engravers in Oxford including Michael Burghers, who worked for Moses Pitt on his atlas; R. Spofforth, Sutton Nicholls, Edward Smith, Benjamin Cole, and John Moxon.

Based on the lower right-hand portion of Nicolas de Fer’s ‘L’Asie Dresse selon les dernieres Relations et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes’, first published in 1700, but reissued for nearly two decades afterwards. The map extends from Persia in the west to southern China and the Philippines in the east, and includes the southernmost island of Timor.