Auction 134, Lot 645

"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio", Cluver, Philipp

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1697 (published)

Publication: Introductio in Universam Geographicam…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
10 x 8.2 inches
25.4 x 20.8 cm

Handsome small 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. The map extends to include Formosa, Korea and parts of Japan and Laos. The title cartouche depicts a Jesuit with a Chinese nobleman and warrior and a large incense pot.

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Condition: A

Sharp impression with wide original margins. There are some stains in the blank margins, well away from the map.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/1/2010

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