"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
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.
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.