"Quangsi, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Decimatertia", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Southern China
Period: 1655 (published)
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 of the Guangxi province is centered roughly on Lieucheu (Liuzhou). A legend at right illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of gold, silver, tin and iron mines. A strapwork title cartouche incorporates the scale of miles and is flanked by four men depicting the native dress of the region. Blank verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8433:2.
A crisp impression with original outline color in the map and later color in the cartouche, on a clean, bright sheet with very wide margins and a large watermark of the Greek god Atlas. There is a hint of offsetting, a short printer's crease at top center, and minor toning along the edges of the sheet.