Lot 528: Blaeu map of Chinese province 1655

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PBA Galleries

2016-01-13 11:47:36

Lot 528: Author: Blaeu, Joannes; Title: Huquang, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Septima; 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").Map of the Hubei province centered on the Yangtze River ("Kiang Flu"), based on the compilations of the Jesuit Father Martino Martini during his travels between 1643 and 1650. A legend at bottom left illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of silver mines. The city of Vuchang (Wuhan) is located along the river. A strapwork title cartouche incorporates the scale of miles and is flanked by two rice farmers. No text on verso. Provenance: P.J. Radford, 1972. Condition: Faint offset and toning; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $700-1000
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