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Auction 168, Lot 628

"China", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: China, Korea & Japan

Period: 1651 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 5.3 inches
19.3 x 13.5 cm

This handsome map of the region is based on the folio map by Jodocus Hondius and was designed for the Atlas Minor, first published in 1628. The eastern part of China (bounded in the west by the Great Wall) is dominated by several large lakes and major rivers. Korea is depicted as a strangely shaped island. The three main islands of Japan are shown below the strapwork cartouche. Americae Pars appears in the upper right corner separated from Asia by a narrow Anian Strait. Engraved by Petrus Kaerius. German text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8410:352.1.

Condition: A

A crisp impression on a clean, bright sheet with light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $350

Closed on 6/6/2018