Auction 119, Lot 787

"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1697 (published)

Publication: Introductionis 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, a warrior and a large incense pot.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $375

Closed on 5/9/2007

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