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Auction 135, Lot 639

"The Kingdome of China newly augmented", Speed, John

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1626 (dated)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm

This superb map of China, Korea and Japan is the only carte-a-figures map made of the region. The Great Wall protects the Kingdom of China from a variety of evil creatures that occupy The Desert Lop , and the rest of the kingdom is delineated by a long range of mountains in the west that separates it from The Kingdome of Bramas. Korea is a long island and Japan is presented on the Ortelius-Teixeira model. The decorative panel at top features bird's-eye plans of Macao (copied from DeBry) and Qyinzay (Hangzhou) along with scenes depicting ingeniously crafted wind-carts and their manner of execution (crucifixion). The inhabitants of the region are shown at sides, including a very early depiction of a Japanese soldier. There are interesting notes throughout the map on various historical & mythical aspects of the region, including where men are seduced by wonderful illusions and where fireproof cloth is woven. The English text on verso provides an equally fascinating description of Chinese culture. George Humble's imprint at Popshead Alley is at lower right.

References: Cortazzi, plt. 29; Manasek #56.

Condition: A

Dark impression with minor soil in top corners and a little creasing in the map.

Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500

Sold for: $5,500

Closed on 2/16/2011