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Auction 190, Lot 600

"L'Empire de la Chine pour Servir a l'Histoire Generale des Voyages", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: China & Korea

Period: 1748 (dated)

Publication: Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

15.9 x 11.4 inches
40.4 x 29 cm
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Attractive and detailed map of China and Korea, with Canton, Nanking, and Taiwan noted. Taiwan is called Isle Tay-wan ou de Formose, and the Sea of Japan is labeled Mer de Coree. A note at bottom left explains that towns of the "First Order" are indicated on the map with Roman lettering, while towns of the "Second Order" are indicated by italics. The map is adorned with a large decorative title cartouche featuring flowers and wind heads with dragonfly wings.


Condition: A

Issued folding on a bright sheet with the watermarks of a bunch of grapes and the initials "PD." There is light toning along the vertical fold at left, mostly confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/16/2022