"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp
Subject: China, Korea & Japan
Period: 1697 (published)
Publication: Introductionis in Universam Geographicam
Color: Hand Color
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.