Auction 129, Lot 764

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

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
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.

References:

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

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 9/23/2009

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