"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp
Subject: China, Korea & Japan
Period: 1694 (published)
Publication: Introductio in omnem geographiam…
Color: Hand Color
10 x 8 inches
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Early 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. Parts of Japan and Laos are shown, as are Formosa and Korea. This edition has a simple starpwork cartouche.
The impression is a bit uneven, else fine. The binding trim at upper left has been extended to better accommodate framing.