Auction 119, Lot 786

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 10.5 inches
34.3 x 26.7 cm

This elegant 17th century map of China and Japan is 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. Taiwan is named Pakan al I. Formosa, although Tayoan is named on the island. The imaginary Chiamay Lacus is located in the southern region with five rivers flowing south into India and Siam. A fine title cartouche flanked by Chinese figures, flourishing calligraphy, European and Chinese ships, and a sea monster decorate the map.


Condition: B

Dark impression with some printer's ink smudges else very good. Centerfold reinforced on verso with archival tissue.

Estimate: $800 - $1,100

Sold for: $600

Closed on 5/9/2007