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[Blaeu, Joan]. Martini, Martino
Novus atlas Sinensis a Martino Martinio [...] [Nieuwe atlas van het groote rijck Sina, ?]. Including: Golius, Jacob. [Drop-title:] Byvoeghsel van 't Koninckryck Catay.
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1655]. Super royal folio (340 x 510 mm). 210, (20), XVIII, (40), (4) pp. With engraved title-page (lacking the letterpress title-label: "Nieuwe atlas van het groote rijck Sina") and 17 double-page engraved maps, all coloured by a contemporary hand. The maps include 16 maps of China and 1 general map of Japan, with richly decorated cartouches often showing several Chinese in traditional garb. The preliminaries bound at the end. Contemporary richly gold-tooled, slightly overlapping vellum, remains of ties, gilt edges. Separately published edition, with the text in Dutch, of Blaeu's atlas of China, the first atlas and geography of China to be published in Europe. "The seventeen maps are noteworthy not only for their accuracy, remarkable for the time, but also for their highly decorative cartouches featuring vignettes depicting regional Chinese dress, activities, and animals [.] In addition, it is one of the first true Sino-European publications, based on Chinese land surveys but presenting geographic data in a highly visual European cartographic format" (Reed & Demattè). The first map is a general map of China (including Japan and parts of Korea), followed by 15 maps of the provinces of China and a general map of Japan. - The maps are based on Chinese cartographic sources collected by the Jesuit missionary Martinus Martini's (1614-61), among them a copy of the manuscript atlas by Zhu Siben (compiled 1311/12) with revisions from the printed atlas by Lo Hongxian. Martini compiled the maps himself and convinced Blaeu to postpone the work on other volumes a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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