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Auction 168, Lot 631

"China as Surveyed by the Jesuit Missionaries between the Years 1708 & 1717 with Korea & the Adjoining Parts of Tartary", Kitchin, Thomas

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1770 (circa)


Color: Black & White

12.5 x 11.3 inches
31.8 x 28.7 cm

This beautifully engraved map, based on Jesuit surveys, is filled with a surprising amount of detail for its size. The map shows excellent detail in China including towns of various sizes, including Nan-Chang and Pe-King (Beijing), the Great Wall, and topography. Extends to include Formosa (Taiwan), the Mongol regions, all of the Korean Peninsula, labeled Kau-Li-Qua or Kingdom of Korea, and Hay-Nan (Hainan) Island. The map is embellished with a title cartouche featuring a large shell and putti.


Condition: B

Issued folding on watermarked paper with light offsetting, a few minor extraneous creases, and two worm holes along the bottom border.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 6/6/2018