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Auction 138, Lot 765

"Huquang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Septima", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Hubei, China

Period: 1655 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 16 inches
48.3 x 40.6 cm

Based on the remarkably accurate compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650, this map of the Hubei province is centered on the Yangtze River, Kiang Flu Pars. A legend at bottom left illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of silver mines. The city of Vuchang (Wuhan) is located along the river. A strapwork title cartouche incorporates the scale of miles and is flanked by two rice farmers. French text on verso.


Condition: B+

Old color and wide margins with toning and light show-through of text on verso. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $650

Closed on 12/7/2011