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  ASIA 
 China 

WÄLDSEEMÜLLER, Martin. [The first map of China printed in Europe]
[Ta. Superioris Indiae et Tartariae Maioris.] Strasbourg, Johannes Grüninger & Anton Koberger, 1525. Woodcut, trapezoid, printed area (at most) 290 x 460mm. Minor damp staining at edges.
A very important map of China, the first 'modern' map of the area, covering China, Tibet, Tartary and Japan, published in the Wäldseemüller's smaller format edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'. Unlike most of the maps in this work it was not a deduction of a map from the larger Wäldseemüller editions of 1513-1520, but a completely new map. It had been prepared for a new 'Chronica mundi' being written by Wäldseemüller which was abandoned after his death. Wäldseemüller has expanded the Ptolemaic map by adding information on Tartary and Japan gleaned from the accounts of Marco Polo. Japan is a large island called Zipangri, a name derived from the Chinese 'Land of the Rising Sun', which Polo learned about from the Chinese. The first recorded European visit to Japan was not until the landing of the Portuguese Alvarado in Okinawa, 1542. First issued in 1522, this second edition has the title, as above, is on the reverse, with a descriptive text in Latin, with woodcut columns and an astronomical diagram MAPFORUM.COM 8; WALTER 'Japan, A Cartographic Vision', No.3.
[Ref: 18964]    £5,000.00 ($6,415 • €5,615 rates)


HONDIUS, Jodocus. [Early 17th century miniature map of China]
China. Amsterdam, 1610, Latin text edition. Coloured, 150 x 185mm.
A miniature map of China, orientated with north to the right, depicting Korea as an island. Hondius reduced his own folio map of 1606 for the 'Atlas Minor', which was published between 1606 and 1621, when the plates were sold to a London publisher and new plates made. WALTER: OAG 13.
[Ref: 18285]    £480.00 ($616 • €539 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [Ortelius's landmark map of China]
Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. auctore Ludovicio Georgio. Antwerp, 1608-12, Italian text edition. Original colour. 370 x 470mm. Laid on canvas to reinforce verdigris weaknesses.
The most decorative map of China. Oriented with north to the right, there are cartouches for the title, scale and privilege; on the map are elephants, Tartar tents and land-yachts. Japan has an extra landmass to the east, with its further reaches hidden by the scale cartouche. The Philippines appear, but with little accuracy or detail; they were not even named until the second state (c.1588). WALTER: 11f, illus; VAN DEN BROECKE: 164, state 3 of 3, with the Philippines named and some extra strengthening of the engraving.
[Ref: 15820]    £4,500.00 ($5,774 • €5,054 rates)


JANSSON, Jan. [An early example of this classic 17th century map of China]
China Veteribus Sinarum regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta. Amsterdam, c.1636, German text edition. Original colour. 410 x 500mm. Small repair to bottom of centre fold, well outside the engraved area.
The map shows not only China but also the whole of Japan, the 'island' of Korea and Luzon in the Philippines. A large title cartouche with exotic Chinese figures in full colour fills the gap top right, where the enigma of 'Ezo' was to confuse Europeans until the late 18th century. This example has the pagination erased and 'GG' written in ink: 'ff' was the pagination of the first issue of the map, in a German edition of 1636. KOEMAN: Me 42.
[Ref: 18401]    £1,400.00 ($1,796 • €1,572 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Classic 17th century map of China]
China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta. Amsterdam, c.1640, French text edition. Original colour. 415 x 500mm. Minor repairs at centre fold.
An early map of China, also showing Japan and the 'island' of Korea. A large title cartouche with exotic Chinese figures in full colour fills the gap top right, where the enigma of 'Ezo' was to confuse Europeans until the late 18th century.
[Ref: 17884]    £1,400.00 ($1,796 • €1,572 rates)


ORTELIUS, Abraham. [A pirated edition of the Ortelius Epitome map of China]
China Regio Asie. Venice, c.1655. Coloured. 80 x 105mm.
A miniature map of China, orientated with north to the right. Japan and the Philippines appear, both unrecognisable. A second title appears outside the neatline. The map was published in 'Il theatro del mondo', an Italian pirate edition of the Ortelius 'Epitome' miniature atlas. First published in 1598, the publication was revived in 1655, forty years after the last edition of the Dutch original. KOEMAN: Ort 70.
[Ref: 18197]    £380.00 ($488 • €427 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Shandong]
Xantung, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Quarta. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 400 x 495mm.
A 17th century map of Shandong, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18174]    £1,200.00 ($1,540 • €1,348 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Hunan]
Huquang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Septima. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm.
A 17th century map of Hunan, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18175]    £750.00 ($962 • €842 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Guangxi]
Quangsi, Sinarum Imperii Provincia Decimatertia. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish text edition. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm.
A 17th century map of Guangxi, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18177]    £850.00 ($1,091 • €955 rates)


BLAEU, Johannes. [The first western map of the Chinese province of Shanxi]
Xansi, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Secunda. Amsterdam, 1658, Spanish edition but blank verso. Coloured, with gold highlights. 410 x 490mm. Repairs in edges of margin.
A 17th century map of Shanxi, published in the 'Novus Atlas Sinensis', the first Western atlas of China, compiled from the maps supplied by Martino Martini, a Jesuit missionary who travelled through China 1643-1650. KOEMAN: Bl 60a.
[Ref: 18173]    £750.00 ($962 • €842 rates)


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