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La Chine Royaume. . .
Selling price: $2000
Sold in 2016
First published in 1656 by Nicolas Sanson and attributed to Matteo Ricci's copy of an indigenous Chinese map brought back to Rome by his colleague Michael Ruggieri in 1590.
Detailed textual explanation in panel bottom right surmounted by trumpeting cherub. Engraved by Jean Somer.
The Pierre Mariette in the title is the son of Nicolas Sanson's business partner of the same name who capitalized the business but died in 1657.
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