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Publisher: OGILBY, John.
Title: Plan(e) of the City of Pekimy Metropolis of China.
Published: London, 1688

Size: 16.7 x 10.8 inches.
42.5 x 27.5 cm.
Colouring: Hand colouring
Condition:  Excellent condition. Minor edge toning and wear to edges.
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Made in 1688, one of the earliest maps in English of the Chinese capital, Peking, based on the work of the Jesuit, Gabriel de Magalhaes. Rare. The map shows central Peking, focusing on the Forbidden City, with the Temple of Heaven, and Temple of Agriculture, located just south of the palace.

Gabriel de Magalhaes was a Portuguese Jesuit, who wrote a very influential account of China in the 17th century. His book - "Nouvelle relation de la Chine" was later translated into English by John Ogilby. This is the English edition of Magalhaes' Peking map.
The book was originally translated by Claude Bernou from Magalhaes' manuscript (written in Portuguese) that was sent back to Europe in 1682. Magalhães arrived in China in 1640 and was posted to Hangzhou.
In 1648 he went to Peking and lived for some time in the Forbidden City. He was also given responsibility for the maintenance and repair of the clocks and other western machinery in the courts of the Shunzhi and Kangxi emperors.
Together with another Jesuit, Lodovico Buglio, he undertook the construction of the original St. Joseph’s Church in Beijing. He was later imprisoned in Beijing – during the increasingly anti-Christian atmosphere in the reign of the Kangxi emperor – and died there.
The engraved plan of the Peking was put together by Bernou, from sketches by Magalhaes.

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