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BLAEU, J. - Nanking, sive Kiangnan, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona.

BLAEU, J. -  Nanking, sive Kiangnan, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona.
Nanking, sive Kiangnan, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona. - BLAEU, J.
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Title : Nanking, sive Kiangnan, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Nona..
Map maker : BLAEU, J..
Date : Amsterdam, ca 1660.
Size : 15.9 x 19.9 inches. / 40.5 x 50.5 cm.
Colouring : In very attractive original colours.

Description :A map of Nanking, or Kiangnan, province (roughly corresponding to today's Jiangsu Province and Shanghai Municipality, after the Jesuit Martino Martini.
Good detail of Yangtze River delta and includes Tai Lake, the cities of Nanjing, Suzhou and Yangzhou, and the area that would become the metropolis of Shanghai.

Many more larger cities are engraved, as well as other small place names. Including rivers, lakes, mountains. At the lower left side is key to cities and villages, rivers, lakes, fortresses, etc. In excellent condition. No text on verso.

Splendid title cartouche featuring two Chinese scholars.

The second landmark in the European mapping of China was the appearance of the Novus Atlas Sinensis in 1655. It was compiled by Father Martino Martini, an Italian Jesuit and produced by the most prominent Dutch cartographer of the time, Johannes Blaeu. Father Martini compiled the work based on Chinese sources between 1643 and 1650, and it greatly advanced European knowledge of the region including the astronomical positions of many cities and topographical features. It remained the standard geographical work on that country until the publication in 1737 of d'Anville's Atlas of China..

The map is in a strictly contemporary colouring and of the highest level.
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Condition : Some minor center fold discolouration, for the rest in very good to mint condition. Very hard to get in this type of rich contemporary colouring and cartouches with a few gold highlights.


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