Auction 140, Lot 756

"Xensi, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Tertia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Northern China

Period: 1655 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 15.8 inches
48.3 x 40.1 cm

Based on the remarkably accurate compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650, this map of the Xensi (Shaanxi) province features the Great Wall of China. A legend at left illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of gold mines. The map is adorned with two decorative strapwork cartouches.


Condition: B+

Lovely color and wide margins with a small hole near centerfold caused by a paper flaw and scattered foxing.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 5/23/2012