Auction 160, Lot 835


"[Facsimile] Novus Atlas Sinensis", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: References

Period: 1973 (published)


Color: Printed Color

13.8 x 20.1 inches
35.1 x 51.1 cm

This is a facsimile of the first western atlas of Asia, originally published in 1655. It is based on the remarkably accurate compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650. On his return trip to Rome, Martini's ship was blown off course, forcing him to land in Norway. He subsequently made a stop in Amsterdam where he met Johannes Blaeu, and agreed to assist in the production of the Atlas Sinensis. Martini succeeded in producing very accurate maps of Japan, China, and their provinces, which may be attributed to Martini's skill as well as access to Chinese maps during his travels. His maps were copied extensively for the next century. The facsimile includes the text of the atlas as well as all 17 of the maps and the spectacular title page in vivid color, all loose between boards with a red cloth spine. It also features a 28 page booklet in soft covers with an introduction and a couple essays in German. Slides into a cardboard slipcase.


Condition: A

Internally clean and bright. The covers have some minor bumps along the edges, and the slipcase has moderate shelf wear and a couple separations along two edges that have been closed with tape.

Estimate: $90 - $120

Sold for: $55

Closed on 11/16/2016