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Auction 105, Lot 490

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.6 x 16.2 inches
49.8 x 41.1 cm

An elegant map of the region closely modeled on Jansson's map of 1633. The detail includes the eastern part of China (bounded in the west by the Great Wall), Korea as a strangely shaped island, and the three main islands of Japan. The imaginary Chiamay Lacus is located in the southern region with numerous rivers flowing south into India and Siam. A fine title cartouche flanked by Chinese figures, a richly embellished coat of arms (dedicated to Theodore Bas, a director of the Dutch East India Company), European ships and Chinese sampans decorate the map.

References:

Condition: A

Lovely original color. Some small tears and worn edges, all in blank margins with a bit of faint toning in map, overall very good..

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/3/2003

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