Auction 148, Lot 663

"L'Empire de la Chine pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1748 (dated)

Publication: Prevost's Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

15.9 x 11.4 inches
40.4 x 29 cm

Attractive and detailed map of China and Korea, with Canton, Nanking, and Taiwan noted. Taiwan is called Isle Tay-wan ou de Formose, and the Sea of Japan is labeled Mer de Coree. A note at bottom left explains that towns of the "First Order" are indicated on the map with Roman lettering, while towns of the "Second Order" are indicated by italics. The map is adorned with a large decorative title cartouche featuring flowers and wind heads with dragonfly wings.


Condition: B+

Issued folding, now pressed flat, on watermarked paper with a damp stain at bottom that just enters the neatline, very faint offsetting, and several small edge tears confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $240 - $325

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/19/2014