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Auction 125, Lot 913

"Nouvel Atlas de la Chine, de la Tartarie Chinoise, et du Thibet…", Anville, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1737 (dated)



16.5 x 22.5 inches
41.9 x 57.2 cm

This seminal atlas constitutes the first scientific mapping of China and is the most important set of maps of China since the Blaeu/Martini atlas. The maps were drawn by the celebrated French cartographer based on the Jesuit surveys of 1708-16 made for the Emperor K'ang Hsi. It remained the principal cartographical authority on China during the rest of the 18th century, and even into the 19th century. The maps provided the first accurate depiction of the Pacific coastline and the first maps of the more remote areas of China, Tibet and Mongolia. The atlas is important not only for the detailed coverage of China, but also because it contains the first separate map of Korea by a European cartographer and the first printed map to illustrate Bering's first voyage. The general map, compiled from the regional surveys, presents a dramatic revision and is far superior to all of its precursors. Each map is beautifully engraved and embellished with elaborate oriental cartouches. Complete with letterpress title page in red & black, 12pp prelims, 42 engraved maps (3 folding in outline color, the balance are uncolored). Hardbound in original, marble paper covered boards.

References: Phillips (A) #3189.

Condition: A

Maps all very good to fine with sharp impressions and clean wide margins. There is a only a bit of faint toning on a few sheets. Binding is tight, but covers are very worn with some paper missing on spine.

Estimate: $14,000 - $18,000

Sold for: $12,500

Closed on 9/24/2008