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Auction 138, Lot 761

"Chinae Compendiosa descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: China

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Praecipuarum Universi Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 2.5 inches
10.9 x 6.4 cm

This tiny map is a scarce derivative of the miniature version of Ortelius' important map focusing on China. The map is oriented with north to the right and extends to include parts of Indo-China and the northern part of the Philippines. The Great Wall is prominently delineated and several huge lakes and rivers dominate the interior. The title cartouche appears at the bottom next to part of Japan. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Bucelin's Historiae Universalis Auctarium. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: A

Light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $425 - $500

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/7/2011