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Auction 118, Lot 820

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame Dicta", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 16.5 inches
49.5 x 41.9 cm
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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.


Condition: A

A few stains from tape in the generous, blank margins, well away from map. A couple of short tears closed with archival tape also in blank margins, not affecting map image.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 3/6/2007