Die Insel Formosa neu abgemessen auf Befehl Kaysers Kamhi.
$1200 / ≈ €1093
The map presents the western part of Taiwan, the Punghu or Pescadore Islands, and the Fokien or Fujian coast of China. Several ancient Taiwanese cities are noted, including Keelung, Tainan, and what might be Kaohsiung.
Like most early maps of Taiwan, only the Chinese portion, west of the Central Mountain Range (Zhongyang Range or Chungyang Range), offers significant detail. Here the tribal lands east of the Central Range are not only neglected but fade into the unknown. Another curiosity is the cartographer's decision to ghost in an extended Taiwan coastline leading north of Keelung. This gives evidence to just how little was known of Taiwan at the time.
Stöcklein's work is a compound of letters of the Jesuit missionaries from all over the world and here particularly the ones stationed at the court of the Emperor Kamhi. This Emperor ordered the priests known by their names as Pater (Father) Regis, Hinderer and de Mailla to carry out a survey of his empire including his territories on the island of Formosa.
More about Taiwan or Ilha-Formosa maps. [+]
Reference: The Authentic Story of Taiwan, page 120, OAG, Japan a cartographic vision, plate 95.
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