"Pecheli, Xansi, Xantung, Honan, Nanking, in Plaga Regni Sinensis inter Septentrionem ac Orientem Ceciam versus Sitae Provinciae", Jansson/Valck & Schenk
Subject: Northern China
Period: 1700 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
20.3 x 18.3 inches
51.6 x 46.5 cm
This map of northern China is drawn largely from Blaeu's maps compiled by Jesuit Father Martino Martini who traveled through the region between 1643 and 1650. The map depicts the provinces of Hebei (Pecheli), Shanxi (Xansi), Shandong (Xantung), Henan (Honan), and Iangsu (Nanking). A legend identifies cities and towns of various sizes, forts, and mines for gold and iron. The massive Great Wall forms the northern border and the important salt flats are graphically illustrated along the coast. Beijing is named Xuntien and Shanghai is named Sungkiang. The title cartouche is flanked by Chinese men and the scale of miles cartouche is surrounded by putti. Three ships sail in the sea between China and Corea (Korea), which is noted as being a peninsula. Originally issued by Jan Jansson, this is the later re-issue by Gerard Valk and Peter Schenk.
Minor soiling with several archivally repaired cracks and one small hole (to the right of the title cartouche) caused by the oxidation of the original green pigment.