Auction 141, Lot 635

"Quangsi, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Decimatertia", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Southern China

Period: 1655 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas Sinensis

Color: Black & White

19.3 x 15.9 inches
49 x 40.4 cm

Based on the remarkably accurate compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650, this map of the Guangxi province is centered roughly on Lieucheu (Liuzhou). A legend at right illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of gold, silver, tin and iron mines. A strapwork title cartouche incorporates the scale of miles and is flanked by four men depicting the native dress of the region.


Condition: B

Wide margins with faint offsetting, light, uneven toning, and an abrasion in bottom blank margin that just enters neatline. There is a short centerfold separation in top blank margin, and an archivally repaired separation that enters map border at bottom.

Estimate: $400 - $450


Closed on 9/5/2012