Important Jesuit Map of China
"La Chine Royaume", Sanson/Mariette
Subject: China & Korea
Period: 1656 (dated)
Publication: Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties du Monde…
Color: Hand Color
21.2 x 16.4 inches
53.8 x 41.7 cm
This important and attractive French map of China is based on an indigenous Chinese map copied by Jesuit Matteo Ricci, and brought back to Rome in 1590 by his fellow Jesuit, Michele Ruggieri. The map extends to include the northern tip of the Philippines and a curiously curved Korean peninsula. Korea was usually shown as an island in the 17th century, so Sanson's depiction is a cartographic improvement. The Great Wall forms the northern boundary and the map is filled with rivers, mountains and villages. A detailed explanation panel in bottom right is surmounted by Pheme, the personification of fame and renown. Engraved by Jean Somer.
References: Pastoureau, SANSON V A .
A crisp impression on paper with a large coat of arms watermark, faint soiling and a short tear in the left blank margin. There are professional repairs to two larger and several additional very small worm holes along the bottom border, with a small amount of the border seamlessly replaced in facsimile and minor loss of the publisher's and engraver's imprints.