"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio. Auctore Joh van Loon", Jansson/Valck & Schenk
Subject: China & Korea
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.8 x 18.5 inches
52.8 x 47 cm
This superb map of the Chinese Empire is drawn largely from the Blaeu map compiled by Jesuit Father Martino Martini who traveled through the region between 1643 and 1650. It deviates from that model in its depiction of the Korean peninsula, which is shown with a cluster of islands at its southern tip. The map is embellished with sailing ships and Chinese junks. The title cartouche is flanked by Chinese and Jesuit men and the scale of miles cartouche is surrounded by putti. Engraved by Johannes van Loon and originally issued by Jan Jansson in 1657, this is the later re-issue by Gerard Valk and Peter Schenk.
Faint offsetting with a couple of tiny cracks caused by the oxidation of the original green pigment, which have been closed on verso with archival materials.