Auction 142, Lot 645

"Fokien Imperii Sinarum Provincia Undecima", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Southern China

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas Sinensis

Color: Hand Color

19 x 15.8 inches
48.3 x 40.1 cm

Based on the remarkably accurate compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650, this map depicts the province of Fujian (Fokien), which lies opposite Taiwan (Formosa). A legend at left identifies cities and towns of various sizes, forts, and mines for gold, silver, tin and iron. The map is embellished with two strapwork cartouches flanked by Chinese figures, a tiger and putti.


Condition: B

Original color with a couple of printer's creases adjacent to centerfold, an archivally repaired tear that just enters neatline at bottom, and light, scattered foxing. There are a few tiny abrasions in the title cartouche near the centerfold, and some small worm tracks near the center of the map that have been closed on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $600

Closed on 11/28/2012