Auction 116, Lot 770

"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1697 (published)

Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographicam…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
10 x 8 inches
25.4 x 20.3 cm

Handsome small map based on the important Martini/Blaeu map of the Chinese Empire. It shows a fair number of provinces and cities named in the interior. The Great Wall is depicted along the northern border. A large fictitious interior lake labeled Kia Lacus is the source of five large, southern rivers. The map extends to include Formosa, Korea and parts of Japan and Laos. The title cartouche depicts a Jesuit with a Chinese nobleman and warrior and a large incense pot.

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Condition: A+

Dark, early impression.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/20/2006

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