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Auction 132, Lot 626

"China as Surveyed by the Jesuit Missionaries between the Years 1708 & 1717 with Korea & the adjoining Parts of Tartary", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1770 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

12.6 x 11.2 inches
32 x 28.4 cm
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Beautifully engraved in a much nicer style than the nearly identical Moll map. It shows excellent detail in China including many towns and villages, watershed and the mountains. Names Nan-Chang and Pe-King (Beijing) and presents a graphic Great Wall. Extends to include Formosa (Taiwan), the Mongol regions, all of the Korean Peninsula and Hay-Nan Island. Korea is labeled Kau-Li-Qua or Kingdom of Korea." The map is based on Jesuit surveys and filled with a surprising amount of detail for its size. Embellished with a title cartouche featuring a large shell and putti. Engraved by Thomas Kitchin. At lower right below border "Vol. IV Plate 15. Page 1." A beautiful example.


Condition: A+

Lower right binding trimmed but well away from image, as issued, with a small piece of paper laid on verso the present even edge.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/2/2010