Lot 527: Blaeu map of China's Henan province 1655

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2016-01-13 11:47:36

Lot 527: Author: Blaeu, Joannes; Title: Honan, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Quinta; Place Published: Amsterdam; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1655; Description: Copper-engraved map, hand-colored in outline; hand-colored pictorial cartouche. 40.5x48.5 cm (16x19").Uncommon map of China's Henan province, centered on the Yellow River (Crocei F. Pars), from which Henan derives its name. A legend at right illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of gold, silver, and tin mines. The cities of Caifung (Kaifeng), Honan (Zhengzhou), and Nanyang are shown. A strapwork title cartouche incorporates the scale of miles and is flanked by a man and woman depicting the native dress of the region. Based on the surveys and compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Minor wear along centerfold plus an additional vertical crease, top edge a little ragged, faint dust soiling; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $500-800
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