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Publisher: BLAEU, W.
Title: Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio.
Published: 1655

Size: 18.1 x 23.4 inches.
46.0 x 59.5 cm.
Colouring: Coloured.
Condition:  In excellent condition. Nice, wide margins. Very good hand colouring. Shine through of verso text.
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A superb map of the Chinese Empire based on the compilation of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini who traveled through the region between 1643 and 1650.
This was a period of great internal unrest and his was a perilous journey. He was able to travel inland to the Great Wall and for the first time determined with any scientific accuracy the astronomical position of many cities and topographical features.

After establishing a mission in Zhejiang province he returned to Rome via Amsterdam, where he met Joan Blaeu.
Blaeu then prepared a group of eight maps covering China in great detail. This map presents Korea as a peninsula for the first time on a European map. The depiction of Japan follows the Blancus/Moreira type, but with Ezo as a separate island.

At top is an ornamental title cartouche surrounded by peasants. French text on verso. Sheet size: 66.8 cm x 51 cm. Map size: 59.5 cm x 46 cm.

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Item category: Asia | China

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Item category: Asia | China

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