Auction 162, Lot 665

"Chinace Compendiosa Descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: China

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Praecipuarum Universi Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 2.5 inches
10.7 x 6.4 cm

This tiny map is a scarce derivative of the miniature version of Ortelius' important map focusing on China. The map is oriented with north to the right and extends to include parts of Indo-China and the northern part of the Philippines. The Great Wall is prominently delineated and several huge lakes and rivers dominate the interior. The title cartouche appears at the bottom next to part of Japan. Bucelin's maps in his Praecipuarum Universi were copperplate engravings based on the Ortelius miniature maps. His atlas contained 30 maps and was published by Johann Praetorius and Johann Gorlinus in 1658 and 1664. Bucelin's maps are very scarce. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: A

A nice impression with light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $230

Closed on 4/26/2017