Auction 140, Lot 763

"China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta", Jansson, Jan

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1636 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 16.3 inches
49.5 x 41.4 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. The map is richly embellished with European sailing ships and Chinese sampans, a decorative distance scale, and a title cartouche flanked by a Chinese man and woman. German text on verso.


Condition: A

Clean, wide margins with light show-through of text on verso. There is a small, professionally repaired hole in bottom left blank margin and a tiny hole in top blank margin.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 5/23/2012