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Auction 142, Lot 649

"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio. Auctore Joh van Loon", Jansson, Jan

Subject: China and Korea

Period: 1660 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.4 x 18.3 inches
51.8 x 46.5 cm
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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 Korea 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.


Condition: A

Original color with wide margins and a bit of printer's ink residue near centerfold at bottom. There is marginal soiling and a small chip in bottom blank margin that has been professional repaired.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 11/28/2012