"Iunan, Quelcheu, e Quangsi Provincie della China", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria
Subject: Southern China
Period: 1693 (circa)
Publication: Corso Geografico Universale
Color: Hand Color
23.7 x 17.6 inches
60.2 x 44.7 cm
This splendid map of Iunan, Quelcheu and Quangsi (comprising the present-day provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi) comes from a set of six maps showing thirteen Chinese provinces. The map was based on the Blaeu/Martini map, but was rendered in Coronelli's unique, flourishing style with mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and towns all graphically depicted and embellished with large title and scale cartouches. The Jesuit missions are noted on the map with "IHS." Vincenzo Coronelli was a Franciscan priest and renowned mathematician and cartographer. He was appointed official Cosmographer to the Venetian Republic in 1685 and founded the world's earliest geographic society, L'Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti.
A dark, crisp impression on a clean, bright sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark, a tiny repaired hole near the center of the map, and a minor crease along the centerfold at bottom. There are several additional creases confined to the blank margins.