"Huquang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Septima", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Eastern China
Period: 1655 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 16 inches
49 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.
Lovely color and wide margins with uneven toning and light offsetting.