Auction 148, Lot 662

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

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1656 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 18.6 inches
53.3 x 47.2 cm

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 Korean 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.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8410:1C.

Condition: A

Marginal soiling.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 2/19/2014