Auction 127, Lot 714

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame Dicta", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 16 inches
49.5 x 40.6 cm

This elegant map of the region 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. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: B+

Attractively colored with slight bleed-through on verso. There is a tissue repair on the lower centerfold and some minor, light abrasions near the distance scale. There are minor tears and tack holes in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200


Closed on 2/25/2009