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Auction 135, Lot 640

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta", Jansson, Jan

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1636 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 16.2 inches
49.8 x 41.1 cm

Several large lakes dominate the topography of this elegantly engraved map of China. The Great Wall forms the northern boundary of China. The fictitious Chiamay Lacus is shown with numerous rivers flowing south into India and Siam. Korea is depicted as a strangely shaped island separated from the mainland by a narrow strait. Taiwan is located in a roughly correct position, named as both Pakan al I. Formosaand Tayoan The three main islands of Japan are shown on the Ortelius/Teixeira model. The map is richly embellished with European sailing ships and Chinese sampans, a decorative distance scale, and a title cartouche flanked by a Chinese man and woman. Spanish text on verso.


Condition: B

Professionally backed with tissue to repair a crack that developed due to oxidation of the original color. There is some minor soil in the map.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,900

Sold for: $800

Closed on 2/16/2011