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Auction 167, Lot 378

"China", Mercator/Hondius

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1635 (published)

Publication: Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas...

Color: Hand Color

7.4 x 5.8 inches
18.8 x 14.7 cm

A charming map reduced from Jodocus Hondius' important map of the kingdom of China. Oriented with north to the right, it shows the eastern part of China (bounded in the west by the Great Wall) dominated by several large lakes and major rivers. Korea is a strangely shaped island, and the three main islands of Japan and the north part of the Philippines are included. This example appeared in the English edition of Mercator's Atlas Minor, which was published under the title Historia Mundi or Mercators Atlas by Michael Spark and Samuel Cartwright. English text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8410:351.

Condition: A

A nice impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet and a few minor chips and tears along along the edges.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $180

Closed on 3/28/2018