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Auction 142, Lot 648

"Honan, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Quinta", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Henan, China

Period: 1655 (circa)


Color: Black & White

19.5 x 16 inches
49.5 x 40.6 cm
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Based on the remarkably accurate compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650, this map of the Henan province is centered on the Yellow River, Crocei F. Pars, from which Henan derives its name. A legend at right illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of gold, silver, and tin mines. The cities of Caifung (Kaifeng), Honan (Zhengzhou), and Nanyang are well depicted. A strapwork title cartouche incorporates the scale of miles and is flanked by a man and woman depicting the native dress of the region.


Condition: B

Wide original margins with light toning and offsetting. There are short centerfold separations at top and bottom, far from map image.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/28/2012