Auction 139, Lot 626

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame Dicta", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 16 inches
49.5 x 40.6 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. A fine title cartouche is flanked by a Chinese woman and man. The map is further adorned with a coat of arms (dedicated to Theodore Bas, a director of the Dutch East India Company), European ships and Chinese sampans. Dutch text on verso.

References:

Condition: A

Original color and wide margins with some creasing along centerfold and light soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 2/15/2012

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