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Auction 165, Lot 664

Map of the Chinese Empire with a Peninsular Korea

"Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio. Auctore. Joh van Loon", Jansson/Valck & Schenk

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.6 x 18.4 inches
52.3 x 46.7 cm
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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 and originally issued by Jan Jansson in 1657, this is the later re-issue by Gerard Valk and Peter Schenk.


Condition: A

A crisp impression with full original color on a bright sheet with a few tiny spots. There are two tiny worm holes in unengraved areas of the map that have been professionally infilled.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 11/15/2017