LOT 928

[Blaeu. China atlas] Novus Atlas Sinensis

Dat is Afbeeldingen en Beschryving van alle de Landschappen van het Groote Ryck SINA in Latijn beschreven door P.M. Martinum S.J. en uytgegeven by Joan Blaeu, 1656. Seste Deel van de Nieuwe Atlas oft Toonneel des Aetdrycx. Later binding, halfleather, marbled boards, title on spine in green and gilt stamping, ties, new endpapers. Illus. title, (4),213,(18),XVIII,40 pp., complete with 17 maps: (1) Imperii Sinarum Nova Descr. (2) Pecheli sive Peking Imp. Sin. Provincia Prima. (3) Xansi. (4) Xensi. (5) Xantung. (6) Honan. (7) Suchuen. (8) Huquang. (9) Kiangsi. (10) Nanking sive Kiangnan. (11) Chekiang. (12) Fokien. (13) Quantung. (14) Quangsi. (15) Queicheu. (16) Iunnan. (17) Japonia Regnum. All 17 maps and the title page in very bright original handcolouring.

Title page and the 2 general maps (of Imperial China and Japan with Korea) trimmed short and reinforced along edges with paper. Several pp. sl. tanned and occ. sm. stains. The first edition in Latin dates from a year earlier. This is the first and only Dutch edition. The text has been compiled by Martino Martini and is based on, among others, Guang yu ji. The Aenhang (p. 210 and on) contains a description of Japan and Catay (p. I-XVIII), and also the Historie van den Tartarischen Oorlog (p. 1-40). Very good copy in fine, later binding; text with mild tanning and small stains as usual.

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