Auction 149, Lot 638

"Fokien Imperii Sinarum Provincia Undecima", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Southeastern China

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: Novus Atlas Sinensis

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15.9 inches
49 x 40.4 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. Spanish text on verso.


Condition: B

Wide margins with light show-through of text on verso and minor soiling. There is a professionally repaired tear that extends 9" into map at right, and a small abrasion along centerfold in top border.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 5/21/2014